Experienced With AAC

We created this page for those that want to “level up” their AAC skills. Maybe you’ve had the device awhile, you want to move your client past just using a device to request things, or maybe you’re a caregiver who wants to learn more to better help your loved one communicate even more richly through their device.

 
 
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Resources to plan more advanced AAC activities

If you have a Tobiidynavox device they offer a FREE downloadable package to match your device that offers lesson plans, activities, and progress monitoring printables that you can use to help guide meaningful instruction with their platforms https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-US/software/free-resources/pathways-for-core-first/

Saltillo also offers many resources that can aid in implementation https://saltillo.com/resources

Don’t spend hours searching to find new, fresh, advanced AAC ideas, just visit the AAC Language Lab for pre-made materials to help you and your user “level up” https://aaclanguagelab.com/

Now that a person has a device, wouldn’t it be awesome to track their use of it as a therapist, communication partner, teacher, or someone who is just curious about how much you CAN use a device in a day? The Realize Language program is available to help with just that.


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Literacy

Teaching reading is difficult even without complex communication challenges. Dr. Janice Light at Penn State is one of the foremost experts in the area of literacy and AAC. Her website has a wealth of information to help you see, teach, and challenge AAC literacy learners http://aacliteracy.psu.edu/index.php/page/show/id/1/index.html

Have you heard of the ALL Program? It helps build all the crucial literacy skills like phonemic awareness, designed specifically for AAC users and is research-based. What more could you ask for?

This is definitely a resource you want to have around if you are a school-based SLP. For any Tobiidynavox device you can have this program added automatically with the purchase of the device. http://www2.tobiidynavox.com/all-software-edition/

There are many apps that can also help support literacy for complex communication needs.


Creating a community

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, communicating with an AAC device can be a labor-intensive process for both the caregiver and the user. We’ve compiled a list of ways that any of those individuals can reach out and find some support for others embarking on a similar journey to their own. Or maybe you’re a professional and looking to get the most up-to-date info on AAC.

 
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Resources for AAC Users

There isn’t much.

Be the change and reach out to us if you’d like help launching a forum/space/program (whatever you can think of) that would be bring AAC users together! Until then, the best resources are...

The easiest, and most obvious way to connect is via social media. Search for groups you can join where people with your same challenges are having a dialogue about how it’s going, asking questions, and forming genuine relationships that help navigate the sometimes lonely world of being an AAC user.

Here is a webcast from a guy chatting about his own experience with AAC.

It’s original author has since passed away, but here is a link to an archive of a newsletter that started in 1994, written and published by an AAC user himself! It had a cool, catchy name as well, so check out Alternatively Speaking.

 
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Resources for Caregivers

There aren’t a lot of quick and easy ways to find others who may share your experience, but a few tips could guide you to finding out how to create your own community, or learn more yourself.

Seek out support groups based on the diagnosis of your loved one or one you communicate with. The ALS Association, for example, has a strong network where you can find others in your area that are connecting to share stories, resources, and raise money for funds. Similar organizations exist for other diseases and disorders as well and could be a great jumping off point for building a network of support.

 
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Resources for continued professional development

Join the ASHA Sig 12 Group, for current conversations on AAC, newest research, and ask those burning questions that you need the answers to!

PrAACtical AAC is one of the BEST blogs that provides all kinds of resources for implementing strategies, connecting with a variety of professionals and they frequently post links to conferences for AAC around the country

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) hosts a bi-annual conference, but also publishes research relevant to AAC.

Need ASHA CEUs and want to get them in AAC? Check out the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication for FREE webinars for credit!