August 10, 2017 at 8pm EST
"#AAC Team Buy-IN" with Lindsey Paden-Cargill

  • How do you define AAC team buy-in? #USSAAChat
  • What are the biggest barriers to achieving buy-in from the AAC team? #USSAAChat
  • What strategies can help a team buy in to using AAC? #USSAAChat
  • What strategies do you give teachers to make AAC work in their classroom? #USSAAChat
  • What strategies do you give parents to make AAC work at home? #USSAAChat

July 13, 2017 at 8pm EST
“#AAC & Implementation” with Mike Cole, MS, CCC-SLP, @TheRealMikeCole

  • What information or supports do you think key members need to get started with implementation? #USSAAChat
  • What do you do to include the key members from AAC users, families, schools, private providers, etc.?
  • What hurdles do you encounter most & how do you overcome them? #USSAAChat
  • How is progress measured during implementation? #USSAAChat
  • What is/are your favorite resource(s) for AAC implementation ideas? #USSAAChat

June 8, 2017 at 8pm EST
"#AAC & Family" with Dana Nieder and Pam Harris; @UncommonBlogger, @ PamTweetsAAC

  • Life is busy-how can we include modeling each day? What about when children are disinterested/opposed to using their devices? #USSAAChat
  • Many families program & implement AAC on their own, without professional support. Families, what support would you most like to receive from professionals? Professionals, what have you found to be successful when working with AAC families?
  • How can we encourage the AAC users in our lives to take ownership of and become more independent with their devices? #USSAAChat
  • Some parents struggle to get teachers/therapists to support AAC. What strategies work well for getting professionals on board? #USSAAChat
  • Some families resist trying AAC-they may worry it will inhibit speech, or feel like they don't want their child to have to carry an artificial device to speak for them. What advice would you give to families who are unsure of whether to try AAC? 2/2 #USSAAChat
  • What advice would you give to families who are new to AAC? What information/resources/strategies have been particularly useful? #USSAAChat

May 11, 2017 at 8pm EST
"#AAC & Literacy” with Vicki Haddix, SLP & Clinical Assistant Professor, @VickiBostonSLP

  • Welcome- Introduce yourself & share a recent #AugComm success story
  • What are your experiences in teaching literacy to students using #AugComm?
  • What are some barriers you've come up against? Any ideas on how to get beyond them?
  • Have you used adapted books? In what way?
  • Please share some favorite resources around #AugComm & Literacy- why do you like them?
  • Any final tips to share? Or burning questions to ask the group?

April 13, 2017 at 8 pm EST
"Access for People Who Use #AAC" Robin Pegg, MEd, COTA/L, ATP; @RSPegg

  • What does “access” mean to you?
  • What are your biggest access challenges?
  • What about curriculum access?
  • What about Universal Access?
  • How do you change mindsets regarding access?
  • Anything else?

March 9th, 2017 at 8pm EST:
"Overcoming Barriers to Access #AAC Funding"

  • What are your biggest obstacles to accessing #AAC funding? #USSAAChat
  • How do you establish #AAC is useful across environments (e.g., home), without actually trying #AAC in those environments? #USSAAChat
  • #slpeeps need to establish goals that reflect reasonable levels of achievement during #AAC trial period What are your goals? #USSAAChat
  • What tools do you use to measure trial outcomes to demonstrate progress, ability to use #AAC, etc ? #USSAAChat
  • What are the more commons reasons you see for #AAC denials? This may help drive future research & literature reviews. #USSAAChat
  • What question(s) would you like answered in upcoming blog posts or webinars from Lew Golinker? #USSAAChat

February 9th, 2017 at 7pm EST:
Carole Zangari, "Beyond Awareness: Creating a Culture of AAC Support"

  • Q1: Pre-professional preparation in AAC is at an all-time high but still largely inadequate. What roles can each of us play in improving this?
  • Q2: Problems w/ consistent implementation of AAC in schools are commonplace. What supports can we put into place to improve this?
  • Q3: In many cases, helping families grow in their understanding & use of AAC is a frequent 'wish' but not something that translates into action. How can we better address this?
  • Q4: #AACpeeps know that access to communication is a fundamental right. What can we do to help our communities gain this understanding?
  • Q5: Ppl who use #augcomm are very vulnerable in medical encounters, doctor visits, ER, hosp. What can we do to assist? Prepare them? Prepare the medical personnel?
  • Q6: For our final Q, let's look in the mirror. How can we (re)invest in our own AAC learning to stay current w/ new research, tools, strategies?


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