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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Un Poco Loco about Disney’s Coco (Celebrating Day of the Dead)

Posted by Deanna Wagner, after watching the virtual Day of the Dead Celebrations.

"AY MI AMOR, the way you keep me guessing, you make me 


Although using AAC in more than one language can be challenging, we need to remember that it isn't just words.  Communication is connection - to our families, our culture, our feelings.  

Are you feeling “Un Poco Loco” this time of year? The Disney/Pixar movie “Coco” reminds of the depth of vocabulary when we provide access for English-Spanish communicators.  Released in 2017, this movie was showing again at Harkins theaters this month and is available for purchase at Target, Wal-Mart and streaming on Amazon.  And you can get the soundtrack on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play.  In this movie a young aspiring musician sets out on a journey to discover his family’s traditions.  Why am I mentioning it?  Because it is absolutely beautiful!  Beautiful to watch and beautiful to listen.  The switching back and forth between English and Spanish used to share memories that are ingrained into the cultural message in this movie was so perfect and seamless.  

Learn more about the movie here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_(2017_film)

And be sure to listen to this amazing bilingual song on YouTube! Poco Loco

Check out Disney’s activities at this link. https://movies.disney.com/coco

Day of the Dead is an awesome time to talk about our families, memories, and favorite stuff.


And look for opportunities to celebrate and support switching between English and Spanish (in your AAC systems and in all the ways you use to express yourself) to celebrate the richness of language and culture.  Last month I shared a table with some of the apps I have been exploring in order to share with families who speak both languages.  

Look for the table at the bottom of this post: Building My Spanish Language Skills

You can also find the table on PrAACticalAAC.org as part of my guest blog from October 19, 2020. 

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