A Parent's Guide to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment
This video is intended to provide an introductory overview of the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process. The program includes what to expect during an assessment, why an assessment is important, and how asessments are conducted.
Chat With Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in AAC
The acquisition of social skills plays an important role in education, employment, and living opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In this video, a numer of evidence-based strategies for teaching social skills are reviewed and social pages for use with core vocabularies available for a variety of speech-generating devices are demonstrated. In addition, the results from a social skills intervention study are discussed.
Communication Partner Instruction in AAC [Webinar]. Click to download the handout.
and alternative communication (AAC) can be invaluable in helping children with
complex communication needs express themselves at home and in the classroom.
However, providing the appropriate piece of technology alone does not ensure
successful communication (Douglas, 2012). Rather, the success of a communication
interaction between an AAC user and a communication partner will depend heavily
on the skills of the communication partner (Kent-Walsh & McNaughton, 2005).
Recent analyses of communication partner training programs suggest that there
is consistent evidence that communication partner instruction not only improves
the skills of communication partners but also has a positive impact on the communication
of people who use AAC (Douglas, 2012; Kent-Walsh, Murza, Malani, & Binger,
2015; Shire & Jones, 2015). This webinar will provide participants with
an overview of the importance of communication partner instruction, review training
elements found in successful communication partner training programs and discuss
research regarding the effectiveness of school staff and family instruction
in partner-augmented input.
Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input [Webinar]. Click to download the handout.
Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for children who use AAC. PAI can be done at home, school, and in the community by a variety of communication partners including family members, teachers, and peers. In this introductory session, attendees will learn what PAI is, why it's important to use, and how to provide models. We will use our mnemonic, SMoRRES, to help participants remember the steps to successful modeling. Videotaped demonstrations of strategy use will also be shown.
Overcoming Barriers to Communication [Webinar].
Providing successful home, school, and community communication experiences for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be challenging, particularly in environments that do not easily allow for use of high-tech AAC systems. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of innovative strategies collaboratively developed by family members and therapists to overcome environmental and positional barriers to communication. This "show and tell" will highlight some of the creative adaptations that have allowed children and young adults to communicate in bed, in the shower, horseback riding, swimming, and more!
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Senner, J.E. (2013). ABC's of AAC. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago's Infintec Video Classroom.
Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2017). Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom. United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago's Infintec Video Classroom. A DVD version of this prsentation is available for non-members to purchase by clicking on our Products tab.
& Language Center Handouts
Least to Most Prompting - This handout explains what least-to-most prompting is and how to use it appropriately to encourage communication.
Partner-Assisted Scanning -This handout explains what partner-assisted scanning is and how to use the access method with children who are unable to point to pictures to communicate.
Partner-Augmented Input (PAI) - This handout describes an evidence-based modeling technique for teaching AAC use that can be used at home and in the classroom.
This SGD Features Checklist has been designed to help teams with the assessment process.
Use the S’MoRRES (slow rate, model, repeat, respect and reflect, expand, stop) mnemonic and hang this handy poster in the classroom to help you remember the steps to successful modeling in the classroom.
Tool for Analysis of Langauge and Communication (TALC) - Language Sampling Tool for Multimodal Communicators. This language sampling form has been designed for collecting data on expressive language use in individuals using AAC.
Vocabulary Selection - Need help figuring out what words need to be added to your child's speech generating device (SGD)? Download this guide to help you organize the customization process.
Click to download the handouts from the following presentations:
ABCs of AAC
Overcoming Barriers to Communication
Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in AAC
Click to see a list of add-on social pages available for download.
Link to Matthew R. Baud's Assitive Technology page at Niles Township District for Special Education
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Partner Augmented Input in the Classroom Facebook group - This group is for speech-language pathologists (SLPs), educators, and assistive technology (AT) specialists who are bringing modeling to their classrooms by providing staff instruction in partner-augmented input. The goal of the group is to provide a forum for sharing resources and successes as well as to provide support for school teams who are facing implementation challenges when serving students using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
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