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17 Nov

During AAC Awareness Month an online survey was conducted to learn more about the state of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in the English-speaking world. Three years after the last survey, we wanted to get a better understanding of current practices and challenges. Read the first basic statistics in this blog post.

16 Nov

AAC users should be able to say what they want, when they want, so they must have access to their AAC system all the time! The rest of the team also needs fast and instant access to the AAC system. How else will they model?

11 Nov

We all use many different ways to communicate. Often AAC users will use the fastest and most efficient means of communication available to them in the moment. Respect every mode of communication, as it all plays a part in becoming effective communicators!

04 Nov

We can all understand the concept that AAC users may not learn how to effectively use their AAC system for communication if they do not see it used regularly and reliably by others in their world. The best way that we can support our AAC user is the use the AAC system to talk yourself!

02 Nov

11-year-old Emmitt has autism and has been learning to communicate with Proloquo2Go for nearly 6 years now. He started using the app to ask for a favorite treat, fruit juice popsicles. Over the years, he has made great progress. This past school year, Emmitt was participating in presentations!

29 Oct

Are your questions open or closed? In any environment where questions occur naturally, like in classrooms, it is essential that open-ended questions are used for AAC users. It allows language to be modeled and gives AAC users the opportunity to learn to say what they think and feel.

23 Oct

We all know that the best practice for teaching AAC is Modelling or Aided Language Stimulation. We can all understand that AAC users will learn how to effectively use their AAC system when they see it used regularly and reliably by others in their world. So how do we model?

16 Oct

Providing enough time to people who use AAC is very important, as using AAC to communicate takes time. We as communication partners need to provide enough of it for the person using AAC to claim their turn in the conversation, to process what was said and what they want to say and then compose their message.

15 Oct

AssistiveWare's Amanda, Speech-Language Pathologist, shares how to create a paper-based AAC book of your vocabulary. With it you will always have a backup communication system if anything should happen to your device.

09 Oct

Meet Danny. Danny is a regular 14 year old teenager who goes to a high school, enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sport, taking photos and squeezing in a game of Minecraft when he can get away with it. 

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