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Join speech-language pathologists (SLPs) Rachel, Lucas, and Chris as they discuss helping people with communication challenges use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to find their voice and join the conversation!

Join speech-language pathologists (SLPs) Rachel, Lucas, and Chris as they discuss helping people with communication challenges use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to find their voice and join the conversation!
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United States

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Join speech-language pathologists (SLPs) Rachel, Lucas, and Chris as they discuss helping people with communication challenges use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to find their voice and join the conversation!

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English


Episodes

David Tobin: Using Audio-Based, Wordless Stories to Generate Language & Foster Creativity

10/16/2019
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This week, the TWT team is pleased to share Rachel’s interview with David Tobin, former TV producer and CEO of Audiojack! First, Chris and Rachel discuss how they have gone almost 2 years making the podcast, and haven’t yet met in person (but almost did last week). Chris and Rachel also connect about using audio as a tool in therapy, and the importance of being able to visualize and use our imaginations. Next, Rachel connects David Tobin, former TV producer and CEO of Audiojack...

Duration:00:40:56

Brandi Lee Wentland: Strategies for AAC Collaboration with Behavior Analysts, SLPs, & More

10/8/2019
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This week, Chris interviews SLP & AAC Specialist Brandi Lee Wentland, owner of We Speak AAC! Brandi shares lots of helpful strategies for working with AAC users, including collaborating with other professionals, using a reinforcement matrix, helping others to get started on their AAC journey, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑The cost of agreeing to increase speech therapy minutes can be much greater for a district than vs the cost of a device, but a request to increase speech...

Duration:00:51:43

Supporting AAC Users with Aggressive Behaviors

10/1/2019
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This week on TWT, Rachel shares about her recent experience with a client who became aggressive, self-injurious, frustrated during a therapy session, and what she was thinking and feeling as the situation felt like it was slipping out of her control. Rachel and Chris discuss the wide variety of emotions and thoughts that can occur after an experience like this, and they consider how we can best support students with complex communication needs who also demonstrate challenging...

Duration:00:40:56

Meghan Betz: Improving Collaboration & Communication with Parents & Teachers

9/24/2019
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This week, Chris interviews SLP and AAC Specialist Meghan Betz about her experiences with AAC and what she has learned about reflective listening, working collaboratively in IEP meetings, working successfully with parents in the home, chunking information for parents & teachers, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Rachel & Chris talk iPad stands - Rachel talks about her favorite sturdy and inexpensive iPad stand on Amazon and Chris shares about making iPad stands with 3D printing...

Duration:00:53:24

Kelly Key: Supporting Core Words & AAC Implementation School District Wide

9/17/2019
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This week, Chris interviews Kelly Key about her role as Assistive Technology Coordinator with the Barrington 220 School District! They discuss promoting core vocabulary in Kelly’s district, using the SETT framework to evaluate AAC needs, helping to find communication opportunities in the school day, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Discussion of the story on Twitter about Rachel Romeo teaching a young boy with ASD basic AAC skills during an 8 hour-flight. 🔑 Rachel & Chris’...

Duration:00:52:08

Gail Van Tatenhove: Aging and its Possible Impact on AAC Users

9/10/2019
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This week, Chris & Rachel connect with the amazing Gail Van Tatenhove about her career, working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities who use AAC, and more! Key ideas this week: 🔑 Gail shares from her wealth of experiences, including how communication needs change as young AAC users grow into adulthood and beyond. 🔑 The idea that people with verbal speech don’t benefit from AAC is a myth - the first “A” in AAC is for “augmentative” communication! 🔑 If we...

Duration:01:12:53

Charlotte DiStefano: Researching ASD and Complex Communication Needs

9/3/2019
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This week, the TWT team is pleased to share Rachel’s interview with Charlotte DiStefano. Charlotte is a researcher at UCLA with the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, as well as a Clinical Psychologist at the UCLA Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Clinic. Charlotte shares about being a researcher at UCLA, her involvement with JASPER, her research on autism & language development, ways therapists can improve interventions, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 The importance of...

Duration:01:05:23

Productivity “Hacks” to Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Collaboration - Part 3

8/27/2019
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This week, the TWT team presents their third “Productivity Hacks” episode! This episode covers additional “hacks” that Rachel and Chris were not able to get to during their AAC in the Cloud presentation, including Slack, Trello, Voxer, ITT, Doodle, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Using Slack to coordinate and organize messages between groups of people, such as an IEP team. 🔑 Rachel is “obsessed” with Voxer, a walkie-talkie app for team communication that allows sharing of...

Duration:00:36:33

Productivity “Hacks” to Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Collaboration - Part 2

8/20/2019
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This week, TWT presents the second half of the presentation “Tech Hacks that Support Team Collaboration, Productivity, and Efficiency.” This session was originally presented by Chris and Rachel as part of the AAC in the Cloud 2019 conference! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Rachel discusses how she uses TheraNest to help her schedule multiple clinicians at once. 🔑 Summer vacation gives some AAC users a chance to work with different communication partners. We can use this opportunity...

Duration:00:47:48

Productivity “Hacks” to Improve Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Collaboration - Part 1

8/13/2019
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This week, the TWT team presents the first half of their presentation “Tech Hacks that Support Team Collaboration, Productivity, and Efficiency.” This session was originally presented by Chris and Rachel as part of the AAC in the Cloud 2019 conference! Before we present the first half of “Productivity Hacks”, Chris and Rachel talk about working with impulsive clients, using wait time and eye contact to distinguish communication attempts, doing therapy alongside communication partners, and...

Duration:00:48:43

ABCs of AAC - Part 2 (Earn CEU Credit)

8/6/2019
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This week, the TWT team presents the second half of the “ABCs of AAC.” This session was originally presented by Chris and Rachel as part of the SLP2B 2019 conference! Before we present the second half of the “ABCs”, Chris and Rachel talk about augmented reality in therapy, the “Do Not Touch” app, supporting literacy, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Rachel loves to use some slang in therapy because shared use of slang fosters peer acceptance. We need to program and teach...

Duration:00:44:34

ABCs of AAC - Part 1 (Earn CEU Credit)

7/31/2019
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This week, the TWT team presents the first half of the “ABCs of AAC.” This session was originally presented by Chris and Rachel as part of the SLP2B 2019 conference! Before we present the first half of the “ABCs”, Chris and Rachel discuss using the power of core vocabulary, changes to their schedules from summer, celebrating an AAC user’s circle of support, and more! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Modeling looking for vocabulary (and using the search function) on a device is a great...

Duration:00:50:57

The Golden Rules of AAC Competency - Part 2 (Earn CEU Credit)

7/23/2019
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This week, the TWT team is pleased to share the second half of the “Golden Rules of AAC Competency in a New Era of Communication.” This session was originally presented by Lucas, Chris, and Rachel as part of the #XedAAC18 conference! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Overlapping treatment with other professionals can teach you strategies you did not learn in your own professional training. 🔑 It is important to support an AAC user’s “operational competency” - the ability to turn on the...

Duration:00:41:57

The Golden Rules of AAC Competency - Part 1 (Earn CEU Credit)

7/16/2019
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This week, the TWT team is pleased to share the first half of the “Golden Rules of AAC Competency in a New Era of Communication.” This session was originally presented by Lucas, Chris, and Rachel as part of the #XedAAC18 conference! Before we present the first half of this session, Chris and Rachel discuss several topics related to 3D printing, including creating 3D core word symbols using Project Core! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Teachers and SLPs can coordinate with students in...

Duration:00:45:08

Listener Questions III: Promoting Literacy for AAC Users, AAC & Echolalia, & More

7/9/2019
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This week, Lucas Steuber of Tobii Dynavox returns to help Chris and Rachel answer questions from our listeners! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Ideas for supporting an eye gaze user's as he enters a magnet high school for game and app development. 🔑 Advice for a person whose client uses AAC and appears to display block-like disfluencies. 🔑 Strategies for promoting literacy, including incorporating the use of bluetooth keyboards. For show notes, links to resources, past episodes,...

Duration:00:43:31

AAC Apps Update - Part 2 (Earn CEU Credit)

7/3/2019
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Listen to part 1 of the AAC Apps Update last week, then head to bit.ly/techceu to earn CEU credit for listening to both of these episodes! This week, the TWT team is pleased to share the second half of the AAC Apps Update 2018! This conference session was originally presented by Lucas, Chris, and Rachel as part of the Special Apps Update Conference 2018. Before we present this week’s session, Chris and Rachel discuss Rachel's recent hand injury, ideas for improving aided language input,...

Duration:00:38:45

AAC Apps Update - Part 1 (Earn CEU Credit)

6/25/2019
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Listen to part 2 of the AAC Apps Update next week, then head to bit.ly/techceu to earn CEU credit for listening to these episodes! This week, the TWT team is pleased to share the first half of the AAC Apps Update 2018! This conference session was originally presented by Lucas, Chris, and Rachel as part of the Special Apps Update Conference 2018. Before we present this week’s session, Chris and Rachel discuss reading specialists, being aware of compensatory measures when assessing children...

Duration:00:45:04

Stephanie Pitts & Rachel Kapp: Strategies for Supporting Academics & Executive Functioning

6/18/2019
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This week, Rachel interviews educational therapists and co-hosts of the Learn Smarter podcast, Stephanie Pitts & Rachel Kapp! Stephanie and Rachel share what educational therapy is, why executive functioning is so important, and strategies they utilize to help learners improve task initiation, time management, and motivation! Key ideas this week include: 🔑 Educational therapists teach learners how they learn and strategies they can use to learn better and improve executive...

Duration:00:58:44

Small Talks with Erin Sheldon, Kelly Fonner, Lance McLemore, & Mo Buti

6/11/2019
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This week, the TWT team presents another “Small Talks” episode featuring short conversations with AAC specialists Erin Sheldon, Kelly Fonner, Lance McLemore, and Mo Buti! Key ideas this episode: 🔑Suggest an AAC evaluation for young children (2-3 years old) with limited expressive language, because we don’t have to delay language skills while other skills (e.g. articulation skills) catch up. 🔑Try to use fun, memorable stimuli and prompts in therapy, because clients talk more about...

Duration:00:49:15

Brian Whitmer: Supporting Open & Free AAC Symbols, Communication Boards, & More

6/4/2019
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This week on TWT, Chris interviews Brian Whitmer, CEO of CoughDrop, about OpenAAC.org and the “open” movement supporting AAC users and their right to move communication boards from one system to another, access a free set of symbols, open 3rd party apps inside their AAC systems, and more! Key ideas: 🔑Many AAC developers do not allow communication boards to be moved from one communication system to another system, especially if that system is not owned by the developer. This can lead to...

Duration:00:54:13