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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Paper-Based AAC FlipBooks: When, How, Why Do They Matter?

Paper-Based AAC FlipBooks: When, How, Why Do They Matter?

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://lessonpix.com - Subscribe and make your own materials or use the Sharing Center!

·       https://aaclanguagelab.com/resources/free - LAMP WFL, Unidad, Unity and PRC WordPower
·       www.project-core.com - Universal Core Displays (These are not flip books, just core)
Pixon Project Kit
·       http://www.region4store.com/Catalog.aspx?itmid=1329142 Teacher and Student Classroom Kits
·       https://saltillo.com/chatcorner/content/29 - NOVA Chat and TouchChat (PCS and SS options)
·       https://www.mytobiidynavox.com/Store/SnapCoreFirst As of version 1.11, even the free version of Snap + Core First app (no speech) prints pages from within the app 
Speak For Yourself (with category indexes, make your own flip book from device screen shots)
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.
Allen, Schlosser, Brock & Shane (2017). The effectiveness of aided augmented input techniques for persons with developmental disabilities: a systematic review, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 33:3, 149-159, DOI: 10.1080/07434618.2017.1338752
Enders, Lauren.  Moving beyond a Common roadblock to Successful AAC Implementation. June/July, 2016 edition of Closing The Gap Solutions
Mary-Louise Bertram, guest blogger on www.janefarrall.com explains why modeling is so important for
       those beginning to use AAC: Why We Do Aided Language Stimulation - And You Should Too! 
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.
·       PrAACtical Resources: Video Examples of Aided Language Input - A collection of videos including therapists, educators, and families using Aided Language Input
·       PrAACtical AAC: Why We Love Aided Language Input - This article links to 4 research articles demonstrating the benefits of Aided Language Input.

Resource List prepared by Deanna K. Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP


  1. Updated link for Proloquo2Go Quick Communication Boards - https://www.assistiveware.com/learn-aac/quick-communication-boards

  2. Snap Core First flip books (TobiiDynavox) can be found here


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