Speech / language impaired

AAC Essentials: Core Vocabulary


What is core vocabulary and why is it essential for communication? This concept is essential to successful communication and needs to be more widely known.

Core vocabulary is the small number of words that we use the most often, no matter what the setting, our gender, age, etc. (Cross, Baker, Klotz & Badman, 1997).

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AbleNet presents iPad for AAC in the Community

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM Eastern

AbleNet University presents Eric Sailers, an speech-language pathologist with seven years of experience who currently works with high school and transition-age students.

The iPad is a lightweight mobile device with several augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions. In this webinar, you will learn how the mobility of iPad can be implemented by staff for AAC in the community.

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Great YouTube Video Clips on AAC ( Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern

There are hundreds of YouTube clips on using the iPad and other AAC devices. We've searched to find the very best clips that you can use in your work, or to inspire your own postings.

Since YouTube is the second most used search engine on the web, we wondered if the content on Login or sign up for a free membership to register for this training.

Brain Computer Interfaces: Future technology that may assist people with ALS with communication and other tasks

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

ASLA presents the progress in and potential for brain computer interfaces.

According to the ALS Association: "The concept of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology is a topic of interest for many individuals and the families of individuals who experience significant physical limitations, including those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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Top 5 Preschool Apps Chosen by an SLP

Top 5 preschool apps have been chosen by Amanda Backof, an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified Speech Language Pathologist for Baltimore City Public Schools. She currently works with children in Head Start programs, elementary and middle schools, and a classroom of children with Autism Spectrum disorders. Backof also founded Speech Language Neighborhood to share her experiences using the iPad in therapy and provide a place for colleagues to find helpful information.

After sifting through the most popular preschool apps available on iTunes, only a few get my speech and language students’ stamp of approval. To receive a Speech Language Neighborhood Stamp of Approval, an app must meet these requirements:

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Pinterest Collections: Aug Com Apps & More

Pinterest is a way of collecting images and links on any topic. A number of folks, including Speech and Language Pathologists, are using it to highlight their favorite products and strategies. 

To get an idea of what's available, try one of these:

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP: Ms. Enders has a collection of boards with cases, speakers, stylii, mounting systems,  free apps, apps by category, etc. She has over 12,900 pins.

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Simple Communication Tools on the iPad

Thursday, June 28, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

See apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

In this archived webinar, you will see apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

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Apps for Speech Therapy and Expressive Language

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Lois Jean Brady will address how to choose an iDevice, cover best practices, accessibility features, and the best apps for speech, articulation, and language.

Lois Jean Brady, CCC SLP, will address how to choose an iDevice; best practices; accessibility features; apps for speech and articulation, text to

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My 3 Top Favorite iThings

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Our iPad expert and AT Specialist, Jennifer McDonald-Peltier, will tell us about three apps that she uses all the time, with a variety of students. They are all very flexible and allow quick and easy personalization for the many individuals she sees. 

Jennifer MacDonald-Peltier shows us why the camera, maps, speak selection tool, and multi-task bar are her favorite built-in iPad apps. Then she shows us what it is about Sounding Board, Verbaly, Small Talk, Predictable, Answers:Yes No HD, and other communication apps that allow them to be used quickly with a range of students.

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Assistive Technology for People with Speech and Language Disabilities

Speech disabilities cover a wide range of conditions, including the physical inability to produce sound and/or cognitive difficulties producing language. This article provides a summary of ways that assistive technology can be useful, and links to other ATC articles on specific topics. (For those who have some physical ability to speak but need help with sound production, see  our article on Speech Amplifiers and Artificial Larynxes.)

Some people with speech disabilities prefer not to use assistive technology, feeling that they can best express themselves using their natural voice. For those who do choose to use assistive technology, however, the following types of products are available.

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