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 high quality, low tech AAC boards. 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 you’re looking for. […]

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AAC, For SLPs

Where to Find FREE Core Vocabulary, Low Tech AAC Boards

Anyone working with AAC knows that engaging collaborating through 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 books! […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

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

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 fringe vocabulary. A while back, I did a speed test on myself using a few basic sentences. I timed myself to see how fast […]

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AAC

My Experience Using My Favorite AAC Apps: A Speed Test

Wow! Things have been busy around here lately. A new coffee shop opened up a couple blocks away (yay!), my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary, I’ve been trying to soak up every minute with my dogs this summer, and I’ve taken a couple of trips with friends and family to New Orleans and […]

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AAC, Therapy Ideas

AAC Core Vocabulary Symbol Dice for Speech Therapy

One challenge that I’ve found consistently when working with students who utilize AAC is incorporating their symbols into materials. 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 them make that connection between their communication system […]

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AAC, Organization

AAC Symbol Libraries

There are so many amazing products on TpT, but it can get overwhelming trying to find the best of the best. I’ve compiled the best products from a variety of categories and link to all of them below. Hopefully this helps narrow down your cart or helps give you some ideas of new products to […]

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AAC, Articulation, Elementary School, Grammar, Language, Materials, Middle School, Social Skills, Therapy Ideas

Best of SLPs on TpT – 2017 Edition

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 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 caseload. Sometimes […]

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AAC, Materials, Reviews

AAC Language Lab Review

March 2019 Update: I recently uploaded a HUGE AAC training resource that includes training materials, data sheets, core word printables, and more! You can check it out here! So you’ve got an awesome AAC system set up, the child is increasingly using it during your sessions, and then, now what? We all know that interventions […]

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AAC, Materials, Therapy Ideas

Increasing AAC Core Vocabulary Carryover

a good system shortens the road to the goal.

- orlson marden