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Apple iDevices and AAC
Strategies for Success
Kate Ahern, M.S.Ed.
Easter Seals Massachusets
kahern@eastersealsma.org
For Slideshow and
Handouts
kateahernesma.
wikispaces.com
What is AAC?
Why AAC?
Purpose of Communication
(Light, 1988)
 Express wants and needs
 Gain and share information
 Build and maintai...
Why AAC?
•Make real
choices
•Refuse, reject, s
ay no
•Ask for what I
want
•Share feelings
•Be heard and
responded to
even if the
an...
iPad Review
 Accessibility Features Walk-Through
 Focus on Guided Access
 Locks user into single app
 Can lock hardwar...
iPad Accessories
 Cases
 Big Grips
 GripCase
 AMDi iAdapter
 Armour Box Kiddo
 Otterbox
 LifeProof
Mounts
 AbleNet Latitude
 Loc-Line Modular Hose
 Uzibull Tripod
 Joy Factory Charis
Choosing an AAC App
SETT, Feature Matching
SETT
 Student
 Environment
 Task
 Tool
Feature Matching
 Determine the Features you Need
 For example
 What symbols?
 Voice
 Vocabulary System
 Access Meth...
Feature Matching Resources
 AAC Apps by Jane Farrell
 Children’s Hospital AAC App Feature Matching
 Fonner and Marflius...
Vocabulary
 We want
 Core vocabulary plus Fringe Vocabulary
 A system that grows with the child
 Ability to generate u...
Core Words and Fringe Words
 Core Words are
 Small number of words
 Used frequently
 Common to everyone
 Fringe Words...
Some Quality AAC Apps
Symbol Based (Pre-programmed)
 Proloquo2Go
 Avaz
 LAMP Words for Life
 TouchChat Go Talk Now
 T...
Implementing AAC at School
MMM
 Motivate
 Focus on engaging learning
activities
 Use natural opportunities
 Harness what students are
interested ...
Core Words
 Core Word of the Week (C-WOW)
 Core Word Collages
 Core Word Contests
 Read the Room – Core Word Edition
...
Games
 Guess Who?
 Guess What/What’s in the Bag?
 Where’d it go?/Find It
 Mad Libs
 Silly Sentences
 AAC Word Race
...
Descriptive Teaching Method
 By Gail M. Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-
SLP
 Needs at least 50 permanent Core Words
 Move f...
Prompt Hierarchy
 Prompt Hierarchy
• natural cue
• gestural cue
• indirect verbal cue (hinting)
• direct verbal cue (tell...
Techniques to Try
 Expectant pause
 Zone of proximal development
 Sabotage
 Non-directive activities
 Avoid yes/no qu...
Apple i devices and aac
Apple i devices and aac
Apple i devices and aac
Apple i devices and aac
Apple i devices and aac
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  1. 1. Apple iDevices and AAC Strategies for Success Kate Ahern, M.S.Ed. Easter Seals Massachusets kahern@eastersealsma.org
  2. 2. For Slideshow and Handouts kateahernesma. wikispaces.com
  3. 3. What is AAC?
  4. 4. Why AAC? Purpose of Communication (Light, 1988)  Express wants and needs  Gain and share information  Build and maintain social relationships  Participate in social etiquette
  5. 5. Why AAC?
  6. 6. •Make real choices •Refuse, reject, s ay no •Ask for what I want •Share feelings •Be heard and responded to even if the answer is no •Ask for and get attention and interaction •Have and use AAC all the time •Know and ask about my schedule •Be taught how to communicat e •Be a full member of my community •Be treated with respect and dignity •To spoken to and not about •Be communicat ed with in a sensitive manner Communication Bill of Rights
  7. 7. iPad Review  Accessibility Features Walk-Through  Focus on Guided Access  Locks user into single app  Can lock hardware buttons  Can lock orientation  Can be accessed by triple click of home  Can block out hot spots  Focus on Switch Access  Built in access using screen as switch  Bluetooth switch access
  8. 8. iPad Accessories  Cases  Big Grips  GripCase  AMDi iAdapter  Armour Box Kiddo  Otterbox  LifeProof
  9. 9. Mounts  AbleNet Latitude  Loc-Line Modular Hose  Uzibull Tripod  Joy Factory Charis
  10. 10. Choosing an AAC App SETT, Feature Matching
  11. 11. SETT  Student  Environment  Task  Tool
  12. 12. Feature Matching  Determine the Features you Need  For example  What symbols?  Voice  Vocabulary System  Access Method  Off-the-shelf Usability  Buttons per page
  13. 13. Feature Matching Resources  AAC Apps by Jane Farrell  Children’s Hospital AAC App Feature Matching  Fonner and Marflius Feature Matching  PrAACtical AAC Blog
  14. 14. Vocabulary  We want  Core vocabulary plus Fringe Vocabulary  A system that grows with the child  Ability to generate unique messages  We don’t want  Only nouns  A system that will get stuck  Ability to say only what is programmed
  15. 15. Core Words and Fringe Words  Core Words are  Small number of words  Used frequently  Common to everyone  Fringe Words are  Large number of words  Used infrequently  Personal to user or situation o Core words can be combined with each other or fringe words in a logical manner o Fringe words cannot usually be combined with another fringe word logically
  16. 16. Some Quality AAC Apps Symbol Based (Pre-programmed)  Proloquo2Go  Avaz  LAMP Words for Life  TouchChat Go Talk Now  Tap Speak Choice Text Based  Proloquo4Text  Predicable Symbol Based (Blank)  Go Talk Now  Sounding Board  Tap Speak Series
  17. 17. Implementing AAC at School
  18. 18. MMM  Motivate  Focus on engaging learning activities  Use natural opportunities  Harness what students are interested in  Focus on activity and interaction not AAC  Model  Aided Language Stimulation  Increases Auditory Processing  Acts as a visual support for receptive language  Normalizes AAC use  Shows children how to think and problem solve with communication system  Move out of the Way  Allow processing time  Allow time to compose message  Avoid over-prompting and creating learned helplessness  Increase peer interactions
  19. 19. Core Words  Core Word of the Week (C-WOW)  Core Word Collages  Core Word Contests  Read the Room – Core Word Edition  Vocabulary A-Z Free Trial
  20. 20. Games  Guess Who?  Guess What/What’s in the Bag?  Where’d it go?/Find It  Mad Libs  Silly Sentences  AAC Word Race  Simon Says – Core Word Edition  Read the Room Race  Variations on these to go with theme units, holidays and events
  21. 21. Descriptive Teaching Method  By Gail M. Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC- SLP  Needs at least 50 permanent Core Words  Move from referential teaching (students answer by referring to topic vocabulary) to descriptive (students answer by using core words to describe what was learned  Example instead of “what comes out of a volcano?” ask “tell me two things about lava”  Three Steps to a DTM Lesson  Identify and Introduce  Teach and Talk  Review and Assess hot Go away scary
  22. 22. Prompt Hierarchy  Prompt Hierarchy • natural cue • gestural cue • indirect verbal cue (hinting) • direct verbal cue (telling) • modeling • light physical/touch cue • full physical cue
  23. 23. Techniques to Try  Expectant pause  Zone of proximal development  Sabotage  Non-directive activities  Avoid yes/no questions  Perpetual salience  Recasting  Expand utterances

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