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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paper-Based AAC FlipBooks: When, How, Why do they matter?
Interactive 60 min Session, ISAAC 2018, Gold Coast, Australia
Deanna K. Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP and Gretchen Hanser, PhD

There are a number of resources for printed displays that are available for purchase or download.  Page-turning options that flip up or down are often a part of these systems. We have found that using paper-based displays helps slow down the process of selecting a message and provides the communication partner with additional time to talk about what the symbol may represent and clarify the intent of the message.

Use paper-based displays at the pool, in brightly lit rooms, and in darker rooms with a flashlight.  Use them when the high tech device is low on battery, or when the user doesn’t want to share his/her high tech device for aided language input.  Use with overlays and cut-outs for target with complete access to the full vocabulary when needed – faster than using hide/show in TouchChat and much like turning on/off Vocabulary Builder, Exploring vocabulary in Proloquo2Go when Progressive Language is turned on, and Babbling with SpeakForYourself.

AAC Flip Books – Where can I find some?
·       https://aaclanguagelab.com/resources/free - LAMP WFL and Unity
·       www.project-core.com - Universal Core Displays (These are not flip books, just core)
Pixon Project Kit
·       https://saltillo.com/chatcorner/content/29 - NOVA Chat and TouchChat (PCS and SS options)
Speak For Yourself (with category indexes, make your own flip book from device screen shots)

  • o   AAC-Communication-Flip-Book-and-Boards-2431089 by Super Power Speech
  • o   Motivate, Model, Move Out of the Way: How to implement AAC by Kate Ahern
  • o   AAC Picture Communication Book with Core and Fringe Vocabulary by Susan Berkowitz
  • o   AAC Flip Communication Book BUNDLE by RosieBeeSLP
  • o   AAC Communication Book by Speech Me Maybe
  • o   Core Vocabulary Binder Ring - Core Board Binder Ring AAC by Mrs Ds Corner
  • o   Low-Tech, Core Vocabulary Based, AAC Flip Boards by Speechy Musings

Ahern, Kate. http://www.slideshare.net/teechkidz/bringing-aac-home-fcsn
·       This PowerPoint slideshow, aimed at parents and caregivers, explains why and how aided language works in the home.

Enders, Lauren.  Moving beyond a Common roadblock to Successful AAC Implementation. June/July, 2016 edition of Closing The Gap Solutions

Farrel, Jane.  http://www.janefarrall.com
·       Why We Do Aided Language Stimulation - And You Should Too! - This guest blog, written by Mary-Louise Bertram, clearly explains why modeling is so important for those beginning to use AAC.  

Hatch, Geist, Erickson, Greer, & Erwin-Davidson.  ATIA, 2017. Using Core Vocabulary in Emergent Literacy Instructional Routines.  www.project-core.com Professional Development Modules

Mirenda, P. (2008). "A back door approach to autism and AAC." Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 24, 219-233.

Sennott, Light & McNaughton (2016).  AAC Modeling Intervention Research. 
       Vol 4, Issue 2. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1540796916638822

Zangari, Carol http://praacticalaac.org

Friday, February 2, 2018

Recipes to Create iPad Switch Access: Stepping Up Our Game

WHAT:  Handout from ATIA, 2018

WHO:  Gretchen Hanser, PhD
             Michele Bishop, ATP

WHERE:  Download below
Recipes for iPad Switch Access

Thursday, January 25, 2018

AAC ALL DAY LONG - Seattle, March 9, 2018

WHAT:  AAC ALL DAY LONG:  Scaffolding Conversation, Academics, and
Interaction – Apps Included!

WHO:  Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite & Jane Odom

WHERE & WHEN:  March 9, 2018 in Seattle



The Three T's of Writing: Time, Teaching, and Technology (Apps Included!)

TITLE:  The Three T's of Writing:  Time, Teaching, And Technology (Apps Included!)

WHEN:  February 21, 2018, 8:30 - 3:30

WHERE:  Easterseals Arkansas Outreach Training Facility
3724 Woodland Heights Rd | Little Rock, AR 72212 

WHAT:   This session will explore the full writing process, covering prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, including specific strategies for struggling students at each phase (e.g., using graphic organizers such as T.I.E.—Topic/Ideas/Ending to develop a paragraph; using T.A.G. to support revision). Multiple student writing samples (pre-and post-) will be shared and participants will engage in brainstorming activities to customize materials for their students and curriculum. For each of the areas of the writing process, apps will be suggested to support the Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Register Online Here 

 Or, Download Flyer Here

AT & AAC ALL DAY LONG - Bentonville AR, 2-19-18

WHAT:  AT & AAC ALL DAY LONG:  Scaffolding Conversation, Academics, and Interaction

WHERE:  Bentonville Schools
Bentonville WEST High School
1351 Gamble Road
Centerton, AR 72719

Speech-Language Pathologists, SLPAs, Special Education Professionals, Assistive Technology
Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Special Education Directors & Administrators, Autism
Specialists, Teachers, Parents & Caregivers of children with assistive technology and
augmentative communication needs.

Download the flyer below and follow the directions!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

iHope School in NYC Needs a Director of Speech & Hearing!

What:  iHope is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City

Here is an excerpt from their ad:
Director of Speech, Language and Hearing - Job Description
Position and Responsibilities
The Director of Speech, Language and Hearing will be responsible for managing
(hiring and evaluating) a team of full-time therapists including Speech-Language
Pathologists and Hearing Educators. The candidate is required to have clinical
experience with pediatric acquired brain injury and will be responsible for ensuring
the highest level of care evaluating the speech, language, oral motor and pediatric
dysphagia, while implementing comprehensive, evidence based treatment to an
assigned patient caseload. The ability to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary
team including teachers, service providers, and administrators.

Where:  Download the job description and information form using this link:
iHope Speech & Hearing Director

Monday, November 6, 2017

AAC in the Desert Workshops! Linda Burkhart & Caroline Musselwhite, March 1 & 2, 2018!

WHAT:  The exciting AAC in the Desert Event is back!  This year it's a bit scaled down, with two 1-day workshops.  We will not have an Exhibit Hall or Hands On Stations, but we will have a pizza party & singalong (hopefully featuring Snoopi Botten - more about that later!)

WHO & WHEN:  Speakers include:
March 1, 2018:  Linda J Burkhart will present from 8:30 - 4:30 on Multi-Modal Communication and Learning Strategies for Children Who Face Significant Disabilities.
She will cover:

-       What We Know about Brain Function
-       Multimodal & Learning Strategies
-       Aided Language Stimulation
-       Goal Setting and Data Selection
-       Visual Challenges
-       Beginning Implementation:  Tips & Tricks for Making It Easy

March 2, 2018:  Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite will present from 8:30 - 4:30 on Communication All Day Long:  Communication Circles, Social Scripts, and MORE!
Topics include:

-       Debunking the Myths of AAC
-       Supporting Aided Language Input During Shared Reading
-       Setting Up Communication Circles (typical peers learn to model & interact using AAC)
-       Using Social Scripts (for quick, highly successful interactions)

More information about speakers is available at:  www.gompers.org/AAC2018

WHERE:    This workshop will be held at the beautiful Ability 360 Center in Phoenix, AZ, in the Nina Pulliam Conference Center.  A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided each day.

HOW TO REGISTER:  Go to this site to register!  Super Early Bird date is November 15, 2017.
AAC in the Desert Registration

Download the Flyer: