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One Family’s Story: One Year After AAC + Symbol-It

There are many avenues to use Symbol-It, whether in the classroom or in therapy or in the home. Today we wanted to share the results of a family that has used Symbol-It in conjunction with a speech-generating device for over a year. When Carmen and Victor first took the dive into AAC and introduced it

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World Speech Day
AAC

World Speech Day + AAC

Since 2015, every March 15th has been celebrated as World Speech Day. When it was first established, the day was dedicated to public speaking as the oldest form of mass communication. However, as the tradition developed year over year, new themes were added in order to celebrate and emphasize everything from the power of words

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5 things I wish I knew
AAC

5 things I wish I knew…

https://youtu.be/9TGzYQnF–M “Five things I wish I knew at the beginning of this journey. I think hindsight is 20/20, right? What do we wish we knew at the beginning of the augmentative communication journey, or at the beginning of our conversations with the therapists about our child’s language development? What do we wish we knew? Well,

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AAC

But my child speaks some words. Why AAC?

“But my child speaks some words. Why would I even want to even consider augmentative communication?” That’s a hard question, and it’s a very individualized question at the same time that it’s a group question. The decision to start augmentative communication should come from a conversation between you, your speech pathologist, and your assistive technology

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Why Symbols Support Literacy and the Language of Literacy
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Why Symbols Support Literacy and the Language of Literacy

https://youtu.be/mKUDzhsl8Sk Let’s talk about literacy and reading and reading activities. There’s more to literacy than decoding or learning how to sound out the words. Part of the elements of reading or literacy is about understanding what the story is about, who is in the story, what happens, and in what order. This is all about

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AAC

Making the Most Out of the Transition To Summer

By now June is half over and school is out for most districts. So many things change in summer, even businesses and activities not directly related to the school year. For today, SymbolSpeak is here with a few suggestions for making the most out of the transition to summer without the dreaded “summer slide” that

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modeling and immersion
AAC

Modeling and Immersion

https://youtu.be/iNxPD7hoX3g Let’s talk about modeling and immersion. Modeling first. I love the symbol of modeling. It’s a lady walking down a runway — a model walking down a runway. Well, what does that represent? That represents the idea of intentionality. For a model, you plan the event, you plan to get ready to show off

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AAC

How Long Does It Take To Develop Language?

Language doesn’t happen overnight. Whether speech is verbal or augmented through symbols, language skills must be given time to develop. How much time is entirely dependent on how immersed the learner is in the language and symbol system being acquired.

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Why Am I Not Hearing About AAC Sooner?
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Why Am I Not Hearing About AAC Sooner?

https://youtu.be/_XDkYefUP74 Welcome back to Let’s Talk About It! This is the time and place where we talk about augmenting language in order to develop language through an alternative communication system. A question I get asked a lot is, “Why am I not hearing about augmentative communication sooner? Why do I have to seek out augmentative

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