Tuesday, 4 September 2012

I can...learn online!

What a great summer it has been...the Olympics, fantastic weather, ISAAC conference and so much more!  We hope you have made some great memories and that your child is looking forward to seeing classmates and learning something new this year. With that in mind, if you feel like you'd like a refresher on supporting your child's use of an augmentative communication system here are some online resources that may help.

 Speech Generating Device (SGD) Training Resources: 
Many device manufacturers provide some online training that is often FREE!  If you're child's device is connected via wifi...you may be able to search for the answers right on the device.  Bookmark your child's SGD manufacturer's website for quick and easy access. Here are some examples of SGD online resources. 

Dynavox - Webinars related to Boardmaker and Dynavox products such as V, Maestro, VMax.

PRC - Webinars related to PRC products such as the Springboard Lite, Echo, Vantage Lite.

 Proloquo2Go - Webinars for current and previous versions of this iDevice app.

If your child or student is a TVCC ACS client and you'd like specific training related to a device or communication system, speak with your clinician(s) to arrange a date and time.

Assistive Technology Training Resources: 
Do you want to learn more about assistive technology in general or have a particular area you'd like to learn more about.  Be sure to check out these online webinars and fantastic resources.

ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) hosts a variety of live and on demand AAC webinars. Click here for more information on pricing. ATIA Pricing

ATIA On Demand Webinar Topics: 
  1. Teaching Core Vocabulary to Students with Severe Intellectual Disabilities 
  2. Core Vocabulary: Why Use It?
  3. Implementing Activity-Based Learning Using Core Vocabulary with Students using AAC Systems
  4. Apps for the iPad, iTouch, & iPhone on Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Examples of Upcoming ATIA Live Topics:

1. Using Core Vocabulary in General Education Classrooms: Dealing with the Academic Vocabulary
PRESENTER(S):  Gail M. Van Tatenhove, Speech-Language Pathologist, Gail M. VanTatenhove, PA
DATE:  Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
TIME:   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Link to Online Registration Form

2.  30 Ways to Adapt Your iPad for Accessibility
PRESENTER(S):  Therese Willkomm, Director of ATinNH, University of New Hampshire
DATE:  Tuesday, September 18, 2012
TIME:   3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Link to Online Registration Form

AbleNet University - FREE online webinars related Ablenet products. Check out some upcoming events:

September 18, 2012 11:00am CDT - 1 hour
Switch Mounting: I've Found a Location, Now How Do I Keep It There?
Presenter: Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Learn More or Register Now

September 25, 2012 11:00am CDT - 1 hour
All About Computer Access: Adaptations and Alternatives to the Standard Keyboard and Mouse Presenter: Kelly Fonner, MS
Learn More or Register Now

October 9, 2012 11:00am CDT - 1 hour
Positioning for Optimal Access to Assistive Technology
Presenter: Michelle L. Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Learn More or Register Now

Keyboarding: Learning to type can be fun!  If your child is interested in learning about keyboarding, here are some programs that are available online:

Dance Mat Typing 
Fun, animated program suited to children 7-11 years.

Good Typing
In this program you can increase the size of the copy text.

Power Typing
Great for kids who can handle several lines of text presented at once.

If you are thinking of purchasing a keyboarding instruction program, check out this review online:http://superkids.com/aweb/pages/reviews/typing/

Set-BC Learning Centre- Search your favourite topic (Access, Autism, Communication, Curriculum and Vision) for great FREE resources and videos.

Here is a fairly new one about Creating Pictello Accessible Books on for the iPad:

General AAC Information: 

Pinterest - Check out the latest "pins" by searching augmentative communication, speech generating device, aac, communication symbols.
Twitter - keep your finger on the pulse with the latest tweets about AAC by following your favourite AC manufacturers and those interested in AC...including us!  If you'd like to follow us, click the link below.

YouTube - Search particular devices or augmentative communication in general.  You'll be sure to find a wide variety of interesting videos.  Supervision is a must on this site.

I can...be a STAR!

Terrell shows his ability to use his low tech communication display to spell words and use core words to communicate with others.  Way to go Terrell!

Here's a great example of taking AAC strategies and using them no matter where you are.  If you need a smile and some inspiration about the everyday use of AAC, check out this fantastic blog: Neider Family Blog

Upcoming Events:

30th anniversary of the annual assistive technology conference.
October 17-19th, 2012
Minneapolis, MN
Check topics and speakers this year at: www.closingthegap.com

October is AAC Awareness Month!
Find more information at www.aacawareness.org
If you would like information on how to host your own AAC awareness event, please contact tracy.shepherd@tvcc.on.ca