AAC Strategies & Resources

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Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part Two – First-hand Lessons

We began Better Hearing and Speech month by welcoming Kathleen Post to share her guest post entitled, "Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part One – The Challenges," in which she began exploring some of the challenges people who use AAC face when getting new speech generating devices.  To end the month, we welcome her back to discuss some strategies for combatting these challenges. 

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Interprofessionalism: A Call to Something Different

Today we are delighted to share a guest post by The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) on interprofessionalism.  The NJC is a collaborative group of health and educational professionals from eight member organizations including USSAAC (https://www.asha.org/NJC/OrgMem/ to learn about other member organizations).  The NJC advocates for individuals with severe disabili

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Getting to the CORE of Communication: Part One - Tips for Rolling Out a Core Vocabulary Initiative

Today we are excited to share a post by Kelly Key of District 220 in Barrinton, Illinois. In this first of a two-part post focused on using core vocabulary in the classroom, she shares helpful information about how she successfully incorporated core vocabulary in her school district.  Look for Part Two next month where she will be sharing the top 5 tips and activities she uses to increase student's language and speech-generating device use.

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The Importance of Using Core Vocabulary

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Wading into the Murky Waters of Transitioning between Speech Generating Devices: Part One – The Challenges

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and USSAAC is celebrating in the spirit of the “Communication for All” theme.

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Implementing AAC in Aphasia

 

 

AAC Awareness Month has officially ended, however SpeakUp will continue to share information and resources throughout the year in the spirit of USSAAC’s mission to promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs. Today we welcome Andrea Kremeier and Kristy Weissling, guest authors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who offer this informative post with suggestions for implementing AAC with people who have aphasia.    

 

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Developing Prompt Awareness in the AAC Team

Today SpeakUp is pleased to welcome guest author, Rachael Langley.  Although prompting can be a useful teaching tool, it needs to be used thoughtfully to prevent prompt-dependency.  As Kathleen Post from Midwestern University frequently says, "Compliance is not communication." How then do we foster autonomous communication rather than mere compliance?  Rachael shares some helpful suggestions below!  

 

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AAC 101

Welcome USSAAC members and guests to the second week of AAC Awareness Month.  In today's post, Dr. Yoosun Chung, USSAAC's Vice President of People Who Use AAC, provides us with an overview of what AAC is and who uses it.  

 

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How are YOU celebrating AAC Awareness Month?

Welcome USSAAC members and guests to our virtual SpeakUp publication, in blog format since July, 2017.  October is International #AACAwarenessMonth and USSAAC is celebrating!

 

The AAC Awareness Committee, headed by Yoosun Chung, Vice President of People Who Use AAC, developed some snazzy catch phrases including:

  • Silence is not always golden,
  • Don’t leave my voice in a bag,
  • Wait 15 seconds, I can communicate,
  • I’m worth the wait, let me communicate. 

 

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