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Creating an AAC Diary

Posted August 14, 2013 in Stories and Strategies for Success

Renee Paratore, M.A.Ed

Hi, my name is Renee Paratore. I am the PRC consultant for most of Colorado, Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho. My background is in special education. I have been working with PRC for 5 years and I am still learning something new almost every day!

One of the best things I love about my job is the ability to go into a classroom and work directly with a student and the school team. When I can help teach someone to put some core words together to make a sentence for the first timeā€¦is just an unbelievable feeling. It is very rewarding needless to say!

I have been working with a student, parents, and the school team with an adorable girl who has Rett syndrome. I knew when I first started to work with her that she had a lot to say. Mom has been an unbelievable supporter every day, working with her daughter to learn the Unity language. Her daughter has made remarkable leaps and bounds in her communication and language since she has been on one of our devices for almost a year.

Mom has been such an inspiration that she now is keeping a diary through Google docs, documenting what her daughter is learning. She is then able to share progress with everyone working with her child. This diary can be saved for years, so progress can be shared with new team members. This mom also has also been willing to help other families through the Rocky Mountain Rett Association.

Learning should be fun! We need to think outside the box. These non-verbal kids have so much to say and it is our job to figure out how to help them get it out.

Comments

  • On August 14, 2013, Guest said:

    I like the idea that this document can follow a student for many years. What a great resource for a new school team!

  • On August 28, 2013, Guest said:

    I wanted to let you all know that anyone can create a Google docs ID account and share your account with anyone you wish tosee it..that is what this mom had set up. good luck!

  • On September 6, 2013, Guest said:

    Great idea!!!!! I wish I would have started one 15 years ago! :) Maybe I can start one as my son transitions to a new device.