I am currently working with several school-based speech therapists to introduce some simple communication activities with their students through virtual outreach. Since all are at home right now, I’m spending a lot of time on the phone trying to simplify and explain the process for collecting data so these family members can actively participate. We need to know what works and what doesn’t, but we don’t want them to feel overwhelmed.Read More
This is the third in a series of blog posts highlighting the great work of the University of Memphis graduate students in speech-language pathology. For their AAC class with Vicki Haddix (one of the TN Talks project leads), they choose their own final projects, and many of those final projects are potentially very useful for those of us working with students who use AAC. WIth the students’ permission, the work is being shared here.Read More
This is the first in what will be a series of blog posts highlighting the great work of the University of Memphis graduate students in speech-language pathology. For their AAC class with Vicki Haddix (one of the TN Talks project leads), they choose their own final projects, and many of those final projects are potentially very useful for those of us working with students who use AAC. WIth the students’ permission, the work is being shared here.Read More
While we are all staying safe at home, Tennessee Talks is working to figure out new, innovative ways to provide ongoing services to students, their families, and speech therapists through virtual outreach. And, even more importantly, we are trying to help YOU serve the AAC needs of your students while at home.Read More
As children listen, they learn to speak. Speech helps them learn to read, which helps them read to learn. A perfect snowball, right!? Not always. Many of the students we serve have communication, cognitive and/or physical challenges that impede typical development of speech and language skills…which creates a different kind of snowball.Read More
Information and resources shared at the East Tennessee Autism Society Conference, April 27, 2019. Resources are intended to support families and educational teams working with students with Autism who may need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).Read More
Which are the best core words to start implementing with your student first?
There’s no one right answer to this question because it depends on the student. The first step is to determine where your student is right now—what they understand and what they can express.Read More
Want to incorporate core words into your daily classroom routine? Not sure where to start? Created by the Assistive Technology Center at LTVEC, this is a guide to (mostly) free resources for implementing core vocabulary in the classroom, including lesson plans, activities, books, and games.Read More
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for School Teams
Janice Reese, M.Ed., OT/L, ATP Director of Assistive Technology Little TN Valley Educational Cooperative TN Talks Project Leader Middle & Upper-Cumberland RegionsRead More
What is Aided Language Stimulation or Aided Language Input? And how do you implement it? The best way to learn this technique is by watching others. Here are video overviews of the concept and many examples of ALS in practice using different types of communication devices and in a variety of situations.Read More
This board is designed for communication via spelling. Some of the letters and numbers share
spaces; there are a few communication words on the board as well. Originally developed for a man with poor dexterity.
Alternative “pencils” were created for students who are unable to hold a traditional pencil or physically manipulate a standard keyboard. Alternative pencils can be used with writers of varying abilities and ages including students who are emerging writers and those who are able to write more conventionally. A student is given all the letters of the alphabet to write with, chooses the letter they want (whether they know the letter or not) and either the partner writes it down for them. Print, Cut into strips, laminate, bind (optional).Read More
Presentation on: reasons why building capacity around AAC is necessary in a school distric, ways to build capacity around AAC, learning objectives for a class for SLPs on learning to implement and consult to others around AACRead More