Data collection with AAC systems can be really tricky! How do I collect data without testing the student with questions like “Find _______ on your talker!”?!⁠⠀⁠ Goal Based AAC Data Collection Let’s start by looking at the goal suggestions I have in my speech therapy goal bank: NAME will independently navigate to 4 different, contextually […]

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AAC

My 3 Best Tips for AAC Data Collection

If you need visuals, prompts, and examples to target yes and no questions for speech therapy, make sure to check out my Basic Conversation Visuals and Scripts for Speech Therapy! It contains 3 levels of conversation practice with great visuals to guide your students to success! Read on for more information about how and why […]

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AAC, Social Skills

Make it Personal: Yes and No Questions for Speech Therapy

Are you looking for ways for teaching emotions to your clients? Check out my Emotional Awareness worksheets with structured high-quality activity sheets targeting 20 different emotions, what they look like, and how they make us feel in our bodies. What is emotional awareness? Basically, it is the need to understand your own emotions and feelings. […]

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AAC, Language, Therapy Ideas

Teaching Emotions: More Than Just “Happy” and “Sad”!

While most research and discussion of AAC implementation skips straight to modeling, I like to start at the most basic skill of all: access. Access means that an AAC system needs to be with the student and accessible AT ALL TIMES. I don’t want to minimize the difficulty of access. For some of our students, […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

Tips for Keeping AAC Devices Out and Used!

One question I get frequently when I talk about AAC implementation is where SLPs can find a high quality, low tech AAC free core board. I’ve been sharing these links over and over in emails to other SLPs and thought I’d compile them all in one place to make it super easy to find what […]

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AAC, For SLPs

Where to Find FREE Core Vocabulary, Low Tech AAC Board

Anyone working with AAC knows that engaging collaboration through training, meetings, check ins, and/or handouts for parents and staff is vital! Since transferring to working with older students in the schools, I’ve spent a ton of time working with students that use AAC systems including iPad apps, dedicated devices, picture symbols, core boards, and PODD […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

5 Steps for AAC Implementation with a FREE Handouts for Parents and Staff

What’s the best AAC app? There is no one-size-fits-all app and there are a lot of features that can make an app work well One thing I love doing when I check out a new, robust AAC app is to play around with it by creating simple sentences using a mix of both core and […]

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AAC

A Speed Test to Find the Best and Fastest AAC App

If you have students with AAC devices, I know you’re working on core vocabulary. Check out this fun and simple idea to incorporate some direct practice! And if you need all the AAC resources, make sure to check out my AAC Implementation Toolkit! It contains everything you need to make AAC work in your schools. […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

AAC Core Vocabulary Symbol Dice for Speech Therapy

aac symbol library organization

One challenge that I’ve found consistently when working with students who utilize AAC is incorporating their symbols into materials, which is hard without an AAC symbol library. When the team, including myself, does this consistently, I’ve seen huge growth from my students. They love seeing their symbols on their academic materials and it really helps […]

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AAC, Organization

AAC Symbol Libraries

I recently posted on Instagram about making an AAC bin of activities including wind up toys and got several questions about where I got them and how I plan to use them so I thought I’d write a post to share more information about these super fun windup toys! First, I got the wind up […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

Wind Up Toys for FUN AAC Therapy!

AAC materials are incredibly hard to find online, primarily (I think) because the graphics in systems are diverse and copyrighted. In order to have AAC visuals and materials for your caseload, think about how many different systems your students use! Speak For Yourself, TouchChat, Proloquo2Go, LAMP, etc. Every system uses separate buttons, graphics, and layouts. […]

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AAC, Freebies, Materials

DIY AAC Visuals and a Freebie

aac review

  AAC Language Lab: lesson plans and materials? Too good to be true? It’s not! AAC is one of my biggest passions in this field. I love, love, love it. However, I like to mass lesson plan each week. I plan a minimal number of activities and try to use them with the majority of my […]

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AAC, Materials, Reviews

AAC Language Lab Review

a good system shortens the road to the goal.

- orlson marden