Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AAC adult modeling (and graduate intern mentoring)

Example of AAC modeling
I take things for granted these days.  I forget easily that I've worked with kids for 35 (gasp) years and have an intuitive sense about things.  (Yes, my first teaching job was in 1979, hard to believe!)  When I work with young graduate interns, however, it's hard for me to see things from their perspective and lack of experience, so I become impatient.  Why are they not doing therapy techniques that seem so common-sense to me?  Then I reflect---duh! Some direct instruction to the intern (from me) might help!

One such concept that bubbled to the surface today was adult modeling the use of an AAC device.  I personally know that most young AAC users don't know how to use much of the core vocabulary on even a simple device, or even simpler--a communication board.  These concepts need modeled by the adult using the same device in structured therapy.  With any language or communication system, a client needs to see the use in action.  

 I'm certainly not the first to blog about AAC modeling.  One of my very favorite blogs (Praactical AAC) has a collection of insights and tips about this.  I sent my graduate intern to this site, and hopefully he will look at this and then do a little further research.  A good supervisor is often a teacher, and a facilitator...... a guide to an intern so that he or she can then find their own answers.  I don't have all the answers, and I'll be the first to admit that.

Anyway, here is a a great blog entry by Praactical AAC with links to examples and research.


 It's a good starting point, and interested SLPs or teachers can then go further to explore evidence-based practice on using augmentative communication in the classroom.   

My parting question is:  Let's pretend you were teaching a child to learn a different language (e.g. Japanese).  Most teachers would model the Japanese language in some type of functional context.  Wouldn't you do the same modeling if a child was learning to use an augmentative communication system? 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Modest Collection of Easter Materials

I'm back from a wonderful London vacation, and thought I would get this out to you all.  It's my Easter collection---things I've made or adapted over the past few years.   I'll add to it in the next week.

Easter Eggs Adapted Book

Where are the Eggs? 

Printable Egg Dying Directions plus communication board

Easter Bingo

Eggs Everywhere---printable adapted book

Bunnies Everywhere--printable adapted book

Taken from the London Eye

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Still in London

David and I are continuing our fun. The mass transit system is awesome with the
London underground, overground, trains and buses. We've done them all. 
I'll be back in normal routine next week!  See you!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

School Lunch in London

I'm in London staying in a private home through AirBnB.  This is such a nice way to travel!  One of the perks is you get a glimpse of life here through the way your host lives.

Posting things on the front of the refrigerator seems to be common across cultures and my hostess had the school lunch menu displayed.

Here are some sample entrées....

-Organic beef and basil spaghetti
-Mexican lamb chili with rice
-Caribbean fish with mashed potato
-Shepards pie with new potato

What I didn't see? (typical American school lunch), nachos, chicen nuggets, chocolate milk

A quick internet seach revealed england has an obesity problem (24%) compared to US 35% but maybe they are ahead in combating the problem in school lunch choices.

Friday, March 28, 2014

London snippets

I know I said I would not be blogging but i couldn't resist trying out the blogger smartphone app.  I just have a few London photos.  More tomorrow.
We're staying at a cozy flat in Finsbury Park through AirBnB.  Chesp and convenient!  Plus the owners left for the weekend so it's empty!
  We spent time today walking along the Thames.  The picture is near theTower of London.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On Vacation!!!!

I on spring break as of now, so sorry if I don't post new materials.  I'm leaving the trusty laptop at home!   See you in 10 days!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Peace Corps Update--Happiness spans the continents

Andorra, now one year into her Indonesia Peace Corps assignment, recently took a little vacation to Komodo Island.

Andorra in the middle

Her friend posted an awesome video---Andorra's not in it, but her friend is front and center in some of the frames.   I loved this video for the spirit, happiness, energy, and the music which seems to cross cultures and continents.  Enjoy!