AAC users have an absolute right to privacy of conversation. That is at odds with current practice in language data collection. This blog post calls for data collection that respects the privacy of AAC users.
How can we create the most suitable circumstances for an AAC user to succeed? How do we communicate and collaborate at home and in school? Our kids win when we can find ways to work together. By listening, engaging, and encouraging, both parents and professionals can help our AAC users thrive together.
There is a lot of research about communication partner behavior and how they interact with non-speaking people and/or AAC users. We clearly see that speaking people dominate the conversations. In the on-demand training video “Communication partner skills” Part 1 and 2, part of our AAC training series, our senior Speech Pathologist Amanda Hartmann teaches tips, tricks and strategies that will help us all become successful communication partners.
To help us all get our heads around the common jargon we share, we have compiled a lists of over 20 AAC buzzwords. This compilation includes definitions of commonly used terms such as presume competence, modeling and attributing meaning. Each buzzword is clearly explained with some key tips and reminders. Share our buzzwords within your teams.
Pictello and Proloquo4Text user Johanna Schmidt writes about visual storytelling as a way for AAC users to share their self-authored identities, an especially important topic during the Coronavirus pandemic.