Listen: Chalk Let

Years ago a brilliant little girl changed the way I viewed AAC. Amber was four years old, preliterate and nonverbal. She came to speech therapy with a AAC device that she carried like a briefcase. She always had wonderful and clever things to say but one day she stopped me in my tracks. She came […]

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April and Neurodiversity

  For the last few years the month of April has become increasingly plaguing to me. Autism Awareness/Acceptance month creates an uncomfortable rift for me as an interventionist and as a friend. The autism and autistic communities are split and put at odds with each other. The autism community (mostly made up of parents and […]

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Achieving and Maintaining AAC Team Buy-In

With the growing body of evidence of the effectiveness of speech-generating devices (SGDs) on the communication development of children with autism and other developmental disabilities, more and more school-based speech-language pathologists and teachers are finding themselves part of an AAC team. Among the challenges associated with effective AAC teaching, achieving and maintaining buy-in from the […]

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Our AAC Research Story

The Immersive AAC Classroom that my colleague Sam Lyle and I have developed and taught has been one of the most rewarding experiences from a therapeutic and research standpoint. Merging what we know about language learning, motor planning, novelty and joy enhancing neuroplasticity and aided language input to teach language skills in a classroom setting […]

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Immersive AAC Class Week 7: FOOD!

“Yum” and “yuck” were further vocabulary themes this week. We had a delicious time playing with, experimenting with, touching, tasting and smelling foods!  When asked their favorite foods the students reported: ravioli, crackers, apples, pastry and birds. We had so much planned that we didn’t quite get to everything! One day one we dedicated our […]

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Katya’s AAC Journey

Meet Katya. She is a bright and vivacious 12-year-old girl. She spent the first six years of her life in a Ukrainian orphanage. The opinion of the orphanage staff was that she had “nothing in her head” and was therefore severely understimulated and necessary surgeries were neglected. Katya came home to her forever family at […]

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