AAC in the Cloud – Free Online Learning

aac in the cloud graphic including datesAAC in the Cloud is a new, fully-online, free AAC conference for the Augmentative and Alternative Communication community (how’s that for a mouthful). There are some great in-person conferences focused on AAC, and some more general Assistive Technology conferences that all help our community learn and grow, but there are so many people that don’t live near any of these venues, and we wanted them to have access to good AAC learning resources as well.

We all know learning to support communicators takes time, practice, and lots of reminding and rethinking and… relaxing? Probably. Anyway, we wanted to pull together the online AAC communities out there and give some hands-on, applied training and resources for everyone — experts, beginners, extended relatives, you name it!

AAC in the Cloud was held in June, 2017.  So, you think that you missed it? Think again!  Sessions were recorded and remain available online for you to view!  Just go to aacconference.com and take advantage of this powerful, free online learning!

Thanks to CoughDrop for hosting!  http://mycoughdrop.com

 

 

World Autism Awareness Day – App & Software Discounts

April 2, 2017 is International Autism Awareness day, so many apps will be discounted or free.  Many are listed below, however others will be available.  Check Smart Apps for Kids each day to find others.  If you have a favorite, be sure to check them out in the app store!

Proloquo2Go (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $249.99
Gateway to Language – an in app purchase for P2G will also be 50%
Proloquo4Text (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Pictello (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $19.99
Keeble (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $24.99
Speak for Yourself! (March 31-April 4) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
LAMP Words for Life (April 2, 3) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
Avaz Pro (April 1-15) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Total Talk AAC (thru April) 50% discount thru April
AACORN AAC – regularly $119.99go to website, scroll to the bottom, to claim discount at
this link:  AACORN AAC Website
Coughdrop AAC – (March 31-April 7) – 50% off lifetime subscription, regularly $200 (sign
up at this link:  Coughdrop Subscription)
Alexicom Elements AAC apps (April 1-8) Move the decimal sale to get the discounted
price
Elements Child Pre – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Child Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Child School – $49.99 to $4.99
Elements Teen Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements Adult Home – $19.99 to $1.99
Elements StoryMaker – $9.99 to $.99
Elements Core 280 – $9.99 to $.99
Tobii Dynavox apps and software – (March 29-April 5) 50% discount
Compass – regularly $179.99
PODD (Based on Compass) – regularly $299.99
Compass with Gateway – regularly $299.99
Compass with Eye Tracking – regularly $499.99
Communicator 5 – regularly $699.99
Snap Scene – regularly $49.99
Boardmaker Online and Boardmaker disc software – 25% discount (use code BLUE25
at checkout)
Zones of Regulation – (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99
Zones of Regulation – Exploring Emotions (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99

LAMP Words for Life Intro & Tutorials

LAMPMany speech pathologists and special education teachers are now using the LAMP Words for Life app as an AAC solution for students who are nonverbal.  And, an increasing number of students are coming to school with devices, such as an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life app or a dedicated PRC Alternative Communication device.

If you are looking for a live, face-to-face workshop, The Center for AAC and Autism offers trainings throughout the country.

However, if you don’t have access to a live training in your area, or just need to gain an immediate understanding of the LAMP or LAMP Words for Life language systems, then the links below may help you understand the system and some basics for supporting your students.  These can also be helpful to share with a student’s teacher, paraprofessional, or parent:

 

A very helpful set of short video tutorials can be found here (video #11 is an hour long Introduction to Lamp Words for Life): Link here to LAMP Tutorial Videos

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs

tlwmsnIf you need a terrific resource for ideas, activities, accommodations and supports for students with complex disabilities and learning needs, then the Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs blog is just what you’ve been looking for!  Kate Ahern, an assistive technology specialist and special education teacher hosts this blog with countless resources to use and share.

 

If you need ideas for use of a single message switch, free online switch games, ideas for AAC, links to free and low cost pictures, iPad and app ideas, transition activities, accommodations for students with Autism or any of the other countless supports focused on students with significant needs, then head over to Kate’s blog today!  It will become a constant and valued resource that you will return to again and again!

Picto4mePicto4Me is an online Google Chrome application that allows you to create communication and picture boards – free!  Create boards with various size icons, customize with your own pictures, save to your Google Drive, share with others, download as PDF, add audio, play boards with switches, and more!  A great, free online alternative to expensive software.  Link to this YouTube Video for some help getting started.

Talk Blocks

talk blocksSmall recordable blocks allow you to record a custom message, up to 30 seconds, played back with a simple press of the block.  Use them to convey instructions at center tables, reinforce skills such as phonics, site words, mental math, vocabulary and more.  They can also be used to support communication for students with limited verbal skills, practice speaking and listening, record in a story-starter, or prompt for social skills conversation.  Record in applause or cheering to reinforce your student behavior and participation.  Ideas are only limited by your imagination!

A clear plastic cover allows you to insert a picture prompt, corresponding letter,number word, etc.  Priced between $65-$70 for a set of 5, they are an affordable classroom addition.

Find them at Learning Resources