Choosing and using AAC devices - including iPads

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Presentation for Central Queensland Region Special Educators Conference

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  • 1. Choosing and using AAC devices - including iPads Central Queensland Region Special Educators Conference

2. Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) Augmentative communication is the use of materials or techniques that supplement existing verbal abilities Alternative communication is communication methods used by a person without any verbal ability (Vanderheiden and Yoder, 1986) 3. What? Signing, symbols, iPad, computers, communication devices 4. When to use AAC? No age prerequisite As speech is developing - AAC won't stop a child talking! To support speech that is hard to understand When no speech has developed As a tool for comprehension Can still use in conjunction with low tech methods 5. Where? Everywhere. Anywhere. 6. Who? Everyone. Anyone. A communication disability does not just belong to the individual but belongs to the entire environment of which the individual is the focal point. Sandwell, Communication Aids Centre, UK 7. What can we use? Low techMobile deviceBattery operated - static displayDedicated SGD 8. How do we choose? 9. Volume Durability Access options Dedicated Support and training 10. Periodic table of AACBy Kate Ahern http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com.au/ 11. How do we choose? www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/tools-and-resources/handy-aacassessment-tools-for-you/www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apps-and-mobile-learning/appfeature-matching-an-essential-step/ 12. Before you do anything.... Team collaboration and assessment Trial Invest time and money 13. Since April 2010 14. Feature matching Symbol resources Symbol Voice Voice Set SetOutput OutputLanguage Language Features FeaturesRate Rate Enhancem Enhancem ent entDisplay Display bit.ly/aacfeaturematchingAccess Access Barriers Barriers 15. APPraised AAC Apps 16. Using AAC 17. AAC - sequence messageswww.spectronicsinoz.com/article/101-ways-to-use-a-sequentialmessage-aac-device-to-access-the-curriculum-3 18. Let me tell you something 19. Thinking outside the box 20. AAC - support communication partner 21. Accessing AAC Access to AACTouc hSwitchHead mouseEye gaze 22. AAC possibilities 23. Switching to communicate 24. http://talksense.weebly.com/switching-skills.html 25. Switch interfaces for the iPad 26. Switch apps for the iPadwww.janefarrall.com/html/resources/switch %20accessible/Switch_Accessible_Apps_for_iPad.pdf 27. Switching to communicate 28. What works? Helping others to communicate 29. What works? Helping others to communicate 30. What works? Helping others to communicate 31. What works? Helping others to communicate 32. What works? Helping others to communicate 33. What works? Helping others to communicate 34. sandpi t What? What?So What? So What?What next? What next? 35. facebook.com/Spectronics twitter.com/Spectronics Spectronics.com.au/Blog 36. Subscription spectronics.com.au/online 37. Join the Spectronics team for four full-on days of immersion in the world of technologies to support diverse learners! 38. Thank