AAC to the Core

Communication is Connection In the schools, and especially in preschool, we have so many different ways that we “practice” language and “practice” communicating. We practice making requests, asking for turns, saying hi and bye, talking about colors and shapes, and many other things. During speech/language therapy there are certain activities that you use to “practice” communication. While we often have to teach our little guys the words to make the communication meaningful, communication itself is more than just the words that we “practice.” Communication is about people. It’s about sharing. It’s about connecting. People have a lot of different ways of communicating. Many of us communicate v

Wonder Boy & His Talker

(submitted from http://cindi.kennaley.com/2017/12/wonder-boy-and-his-talker.html Wonder Boy hurried to the end of the hallway. He smiled. He giggled. He jumped up and down and squealed. Super Daddy stepped into the corridor and waited. Wonder Boy sped forward. He jumped, using his momentum to sail high into Super Daddy's arms. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) occurs anytime a person communicates without words. It's sign language. A written note. A nod, wink, grimace. It's a shaken head or pointed finger. AAC is a giggle, squeal or smile. AAC is also language facilitated by computers. November 15, 2016, Super Daddy accepted an AAC device on behalf of Wonder Boy. The "talker" w

Meghan's Story

My name is Meghan Schmidt. I was born 3 months early with Retinopathy of prematurity, weighing only 1 pound 11.6 ounces, and completely blind. The doctors did everything they could to make it so I could see, but I can only see light out of my left eye and my right eye is a prosthetic. For about 14 years, I experienced excruciating pain in my right eye. The doctors told me to rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, and as the years went by it was around the 7 to 10 mark. I had appointment after appointment, surgery after surgery, and the doctors couldn’t figure out why the pain was so high. On my worst days, I would have to sit in a dark room because the smallest amount of light would hurt. I also

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