Implementing AAC in the classroom

About a year ago, Jane blogged about the DynaVox Implementation Toolkit which provides ideas for implementing all sorts of AAC, for different users, across different environments. There are a number of different learning paths within the toolkit which contain videos, handouts, worksheets, and other resources. One of my favourite learning paths in the Implementation Toolkit is called AAC in the Classroom.

I have often heard teachers, therapists and caregivers say to me that it can be very difficult to implement AAC in the classroom. That’s why it’s great to be able to read the School Newsletter handouts that address the different challenges faced within the educational setting. These newsletters give practical ideas and examples for developing both the AAC user’s communication skills and their ability to participate in the curriculum.

Below is a list of the newsletters that are currently available. Some of my favourites are – “Issue 3 – Encourage social participation for all students”, “Promoting Communicative Competence part 2″ and “Using the V/Vmax in the young child classroom all day long”. Keep in mind that you can apply the principles in these handouts to most speech generating devices!

Click on the links below to see each handout:

And you can also visit Ideas for successful use in the classroom on our website to see the most up to date list of newsletters which are added to each month.

We’d love you to leave a comment if you have some positive stories or ideas to share on outcomes for implementing AAC in the classroom.

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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