Let’s Talk AAC Blog: Stories and Strategies for Success

PRC consultants and other AAC Professionals share stories of strategies and success.

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And the Academy Award goes to...

Posted January 18, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

After attending our State convention on assistive technology, my SLP, SLPAs and myself were pumped about attacking core vocabulary with our students.

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Indelible Marks on My Heart

Posted January 4, 2017 in Stories and Strategies for Success

One of the greatest side benefits of being a PRC consultant is becoming acquainted with a vast number of people who are not only clients but are the likes of teachers, aides, therapists and family members. Most often, they are generous, kind, bright and inspiring people who always seem to leave a little piece of themselves behind with me.

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Blessings

Posted December 14, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

As another year end quickly approaches, I am reminded of the many blessings that occur in 365 days.

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Striking Out

Posted November 30, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

As I’m sitting here watching the World Series, I’m thinking about how easy it is to strike out when working with a new AAC user. Whether you are a clinician, teacher, or parent, we’ve all had those days when you feel like you are bringing your best game, but you just keep striking out.

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Using Core Vocabulary with Scribblenauts Remix

Posted November 2, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I’m on the verge of being old. My kids, however, are not and keep me informed about what’s current. The other day I saw all three of my kids huddled around one Kindle. That was definitely a red flag that they were up to something no good. Wait. They were all chatting, smiling, and getting along? I knew that it was either going to be something great or something naughty. I have faith. It was something great. They introduced me to the game Scribblenauts Remix.

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Cartoon Core

Posted October 12, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Shared reading is a strategy used to teach emergent literacy skills. It’s an interactive reading experience that helps teach students the concept of reading. It serves to build social closeness, joint attention to an experience, models of how we treat books and other early literacy skills. For my clients using AAC, I’ve found that it is also a wonderful way to teach communication using core words to comment on the story and share our insights about the characters and action.

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Three Boys With A Lot To Say: A Journey to PRC

Posted October 5, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

I’d like to introduce you to the 3 students who changed my course of AAC and ultimately brought me to my current position of regional consultant for Michigan and Toledo-Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Look To Nature

Posted September 21, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

When I’m looking for inspiration, I look to nature. Taking a walk through the woods, sitting by a stream, climbing a mountain has helped me through difficult times and have reminded me of the value of being in the moment…….the moment in front of me at this very second.

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Hannah's Journey

Posted August 17, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Words can’t always describe what the iPad has done for us! We say all the time it has given Hannah a voice, some independence, and a sense of humor. When it all comes down to it, though, it truly is a gift.

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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got” Mark Twain

Posted August 10, 2016 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Perhaps you are a speech pathologist reading this blog today? Perhaps you are a teacher? Or maybe a parent? Are you a nurse? No matter what role you may play, if you’re reading this blog it means you are likely supporting an individual who uses a speech generating device as his or her main method of communication, and I have a challenge for you!

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