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Choosing and using
AAC devices
- including iPads
Central Queensland Region
Special Educators Conference
Alternative and augmentative
communication (AAC)
Augmentative communication is the use of
materials or techniques that sup...
What?
Signing, symbols, iPad, computers, communication devices
When to use AAC?
No age prerequisite
As speech is developing - AAC won't stop a child talking!
To support speech that is h...
Where?
Everywhere. Anywhere.
Who?
Everyone. Anyone.
A communication disability does not just belong to the individual but
belongs to the entire environ...
What can we
use?
Low tech

Mobile device

Battery operated
- static display

Dedicated SGD
How do we choose?
Volume
Durability
Access options
Dedicated
Support and
training
Periodic table of AAC

By Kate Ahern
http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com.au/
How do we choose?
www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/tools-and-resources/handy-aacassessment-tools-for-you/

www.spectronicsinoz...
Before you do anything....
Team collaboration and
assessment
Trial
Invest time and money
Since April 2010
Feature matching
Symbol resources
Symbol
Voice
Voice
Set
Set

Output
Output

Language
Language
Features
Features

Rate
Rat...
APPraised AAC
Apps
Using AAC
AAC - sequence
messages

www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/101-ways-to-use-a-sequentialmessage-aac-device-to-access-the-curr...
Let me tell you
something
Thinking outside
the box
AAC - support
communication
partner
Accessing AAC
Access to AAC

Touc
h

Switch

Head mouse

Eye gaze
AAC possibilities
Switching to
communicate
http://talksense.weebly.com/switching-skills.html
Switch interfaces
for the iPad
Switch apps
for the iPad

www.janefarrall.com/html/resources/switch
%20accessible/Switch_Accessible_Apps_for_iPad.pdf
Switching to
communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
What works?
Helping others to communicate
sandpi
t
What?
What?

So What?
So What?

What next?
What next?
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twitter.com/Spectronics
Spectronics.com.au/Blog
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spectronics.com.au/online
Join the Spectronics team for four full-on days of immersion in the world of technologies to
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  1. 1. Choosing and using AAC devices - including iPads Central Queensland Region Special Educators Conference
  2. 2. Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) Augmentative communication is the use of materials or techniques that supplement existing verbal abilities Alternative communication is communication methods used by a person without any verbal ability        (Vanderheiden and Yoder, 1986)
  3. 3. What? Signing, symbols, iPad, computers, communication devices
  4. 4. When to use AAC? No age prerequisite As speech is developing - AAC won't stop a child talking! To support speech that is hard to understand When no speech has developed As a tool for comprehension Can still use in conjunction with low tech methods
  5. 5. Where? Everywhere. Anywhere.
  6. 6. Who? Everyone. Anyone. A communication disability does not just belong to the individual but belongs to the entire environment of which the individual is the focal point. Sandwell, Communication Aids Centre, UK
  7. 7. What can we use? Low tech Mobile device Battery operated - static display Dedicated SGD
  8. 8. How do we choose?
  9. 9. Volume Durability Access options Dedicated Support and training
  10. 10. Periodic table of AAC By Kate Ahern http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com.au/
  11. 11. How do we choose? www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/tools-and-resources/handy-aacassessment-tools-for-you/ www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apps-and-mobile-learning/appfeature-matching-an-essential-step/
  12. 12. Before you do anything.... Team collaboration and assessment Trial Invest time and money
  13. 13. Since April 2010
  14. 14. Feature matching Symbol resources Symbol Voice Voice Set Set Output Output Language Language Features Features Rate Rate Enhancem Enhancem ent ent Display Display bit.ly/aacfeaturematching Access Access Barriers Barriers
  15. 15. APPraised AAC Apps
  16. 16. Using AAC
  17. 17. AAC - sequence messages www.spectronicsinoz.com/article/101-ways-to-use-a-sequentialmessage-aac-device-to-access-the-curriculum-3
  18. 18. Let me tell you something
  19. 19. Thinking outside the box
  20. 20. AAC - support communication partner
  21. 21. Accessing AAC Access to AAC Touc h Switch Head mouse Eye gaze
  22. 22. AAC possibilities
  23. 23. Switching to communicate
  24. 24. http://talksense.weebly.com/switching-skills.html
  25. 25. Switch interfaces for the iPad
  26. 26. Switch apps for the iPad www.janefarrall.com/html/resources/switch %20accessible/Switch_Accessible_Apps_for_iPad.pdf
  27. 27. Switching to communicate
  28. 28. What works? Helping others to communicate
  29. 29. What works? Helping others to communicate
  30. 30. What works? Helping others to communicate
  31. 31. What works? Helping others to communicate
  32. 32. What works? Helping others to communicate
  33. 33. What works? Helping others to communicate
  34. 34. sandpi t What? What? So What? So What? What next? What next?
  35. 35. facebook.com/Spectronics twitter.com/Spectronics Spectronics.com.au/Blog
  36. 36. Subscription spectronics.com.au/online
  37. 37. Join the Spectronics team for four full-on days of immersion in the world of technologies to support diverse learners!
  38. 38. Thank

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