AAC Resources for the Classroom

AAC Resources for the Classroom

I’ve learned a lot about AAC technologies over the last 15 years.  I often say that I don’t know everything, but I can probably tell you how and where to learn more.  Because I provide direct technology support and training to educational teams for many students with impaired language and communication skills, I have gathered […]

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AAC in the Classroom for Young Children (part I)

AAC in the Classroom for Young Children (part I)

It’s always exciting to see kids with limited speech and language abilities respond to the use of visually supported communication tools and strategies. Images are easy to recognize and recall, making the transference of information universal…no matter what the ‘language’ might be!  It’s easy to understand something visual, even if we can’t read the script […]

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Free Resources for AT, AAC, Modifying the Curriculum…

Free Resources for AT, AAC, Modifying the Curriculum…

I love great resources and I really love them when they’re FREE! If you’ve never visited the Special Education Needs (SEN) Teacher website, you need to do it now. SEN Teacher offers a wealth of FREE printables, a page full of links to specialized support sites, as well as free software downloads for addressing the academic, sensory, communication, […]

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Resources for Families of Children with Autism

Resources for Families of Children with Autism

I am an ATP working in the special education setting, but I’ve also been an OT for almost 30 years. Since the goal of OT is to improve functional independence and the goal of AT use is to provide tools that help accommodate for disability, the two are a perfect match.  Although my role is […]

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Preparing the Significantly Challenged Child for Eye Gaze

Preparing the Significantly Challenged Child for Eye Gaze

Wow!  A great crowd here so late in the day for our session on eye gaze control at the ATIA 2016 Conference.  The sun did come out in Orlando after all, yet the room was filled with superachievers who wanted to know how to help their kids with significant needs.  Unfortunately, the handout link provided […]

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Autism Resources

Autism Resources

      We had a great time last week with Ms. Mo Buti, learning more about how to best serve the needs of our students with Autism. She shared some great resources that I plan to pass along to all of you here over the course of the next week.. If you’re looking for […]

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Teaching ‘Visually Supported’ Communication to Visually Impaired Students

Teaching ‘Visually Supported’ Communication to Visually Impaired Students

Mo Buti and our session attendees have been sharing some amazing suggestions for teaching communication skills to non-verbal students who also have visual impairments. Here are a few of those ideas and resources! TACTILE CONNECTIONS KIT: SYMBOLS FOR COMMUNICATION   This kit helps teachers create a tactile card system that is individualized for visually impaired and […]

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LessonPix:  An Online Program for Creating With Visual Supports

LessonPix: An Online Program for Creating With Visual Supports

  A speech therapist friend recently introduced me to this amazing new resource and I have been smitten! I love my traditional picture-library programs as much as the next therapist, but it is frustrating when I can’t create needed supports because the software CDs are back in the office. This site eliminates the need to […]

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Curriculum Supports for Students with Autism

Curriculum Supports for Students with Autism

Most teachers and clinicians will tell you that, while they understand the ‘what and why’ for teaching students with Autism, they have very little time (if any!) and are often at a loss for the ‘how’ ideas.  Let me introduce you to an amazing resource … The Autism Helper! This site is operated by Sasha […]

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Boardmaker Tutorials and Guides

Boardmaker Tutorials and Guides

  Wow!  We’ve been out of school here in east Tennessee for 2 full weeks due to “snowmageddon 2015”. I missed seeing my students while trapped at home under ice and snow, but it gave me a lot of time to create new curriculum materials using visual supports. Take a look at our ready-to-print thematic […]

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