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 a wealth of forms, tip sheets, tutorial resources, assessment materials, etc. for use in the school setting. I share these with teachers and treating speech therapy clinicians across my service area, as well as anybody looking to learn more. I hope these resources are helpful to those working (or planning to work) in the school setting with children who need or use AAC supports. There are SO many more than these, but this is where I’d like to start.
I love Google and all the great things they’ve brought us to use in the classroom, but it can be overwhelming to find and learn to use what may be appropriate for your needs, especially if you’re just getting started. I always tell my training audiences, “I can’t know everything on every topic, but I do know where to direct you to find what you need.” If you need more information for learning to use Google Apps and Google for Education supports, then I would send you to a great site called ShakeUpLearning. This incredibly helpful blog is written by Kasey Bell, a Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer who has taught digital learning workshops at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, and Google Summit events. Her site offers free digital learning resources, eBook tutorials, guides and cheat sheets for learning to use all things Google, along with ideas for integrating their use into the classroom. Check it out today!
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 awesome professional development opportunities online, this is a great place to start! The Geneva Centre for Autism (located in Ontario) provides free printable visual supports and downloadable resources, as well as online PD options. Although created for use by Canadian teachers, the site is open for public access by creating a (free) account. Free courses related to the education and treatment of students with Autism include:
Characteristics of Autism
What is Applied Behavior Analysis?
Functions of Behavior
Communication Strengths and Challenges
Understanding Sensory Needs
Understanding Social Challenges in Children and Adolescents
Using Visual Supports
Understanding Stress and ASD
Paying Attention to Transitions and Transition Planning
Promoting Independence for Community Inclusion
Certificate: Introduction to Autism: Free Online Series for Educators