Ready, Set, Goals!
Learning how to use all the features of a complex speech generating device or communication system can be overwhelming. Set yourself one or two small goals to get started. For example, aim to learn how to program a news message onto a single button. Decide what is going to make the most difference to your student / child. If adding photographs to a symbol display will be highly motivating, set a goal to learn about adding photos in Boardmaker. Make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
Work as a team….
Find out what resources are available to help you meet your goals…. Talk to your ACS clinician(s) to find out what is available in terms of teaching and training different aspects of communicating with an AAC system. For example, if the identified goal is for your student to become more familiar with the core vocabulary on his/her device, it may be possible to provide individualized Functional Communication Training Sessions directly in the classroom.
Other support can be found on manufacturers’ and vendors’ websites, including online sharing of resources. Collaboration with others involved with your student can be invaluable. Don’t forget to seek out input from the person using AAC!
If your device batteries are not what they used to be… Monitor the battery life of your device for a week or two and keep a record. Your clinician will then be able to determine whether it is time to request replacements if your system is leased through CEP.
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Congratulations to Hailey Ash for completing 10 Functional Communication Training sessions with her very first AAC device. She's been talking to a lot of people and her peers think it’s awesome!
"I think it's good for her because she can talk now to everyone, and tell us how she feels."
Upcoming Device Training
Introduction to Springboard Lite
Mon, Jan. 10 from 11:00 – 1:00
Register for this WebEx meeting at: https://aroga.webex.com/aroga/j.php?ED=153270692&RG=1&UID=0&RT=NCM0.
Introduction to Vantage Lite
Tues, Jan.11 from 11:00-1:00
Register for this WebEx meeting at: https://aroga.webex.com/aroga/j.php?ED=153270952&RG=1&UID=0&RT=NCM0
Both sessions include an intro to the device, training re: vocabulary and basic programming.
Check your device manufacturer’s website for other upcoming device workshops.