Expect Literacy, presume competence

Jan 24

Expect Literacy, presume competence

Expect literacy; presuming competence.  This mantra is ‘trendy’ in the AAC world but it is important to understand the rationale behind it. A recent post from SpeakforYourself AAC  addressed this topic.   However, the post emphasized that presuming competence is not idealism. Idealism ignores that there are challenges or barriers to overcome.  ...

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BOO! Core Vocabulary for kids with disabilities

Oct 25

BOO! Core Vocabulary for kids with disabilities

There is nothing children love more than hiding behind a curtain or under the table (often in plain view) in order to jump out a give you a fright. BOO!   Children who are able to hide in, on, behind or under something get to experience these words not only through the five basic senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch but also through use the sense of...

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Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Sep 16

Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Dear Maya Did you know that you are famous? Famous means that you are well known by a lot of people. I know about you through your mom, who writes about you on her blog “Uncommon Sense“ and the amazing way you are communicating with your talker “Mini.” I also see comments from people all over the world. So, if you don’t already have the...

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A worried parent does better research than the FBI: Finding AAC

Jan 19

A worried parent does better research than the FBI: Finding AAC

“A worried parent does better research than the FBI.” But…. Knowing where to look is half the battle. If you don’t look in the right places, then you won’t find all the resources you need to advocate for your child.   I met a worried mom, who has a 3 year old, special needs child. He is non-verbal and he is receiving multiple...

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Book Creator and Core Vocabulary

Aug 26

Book Creator and Core Vocabulary

Core words make up 80% of what we say everyday. A more in-depth explanation of core vocabulary words can be found here.       I am new to the world of AAC and have a lot to learn. BUT what I do know is; narratives are important for developing language length and complexity. Children love narratives and repetition of stories Repetition facilitates...

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