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

 

 

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!

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