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For the LOVE of CORE Day 6: See THIS Blog…PrAACtical AAC
February 6, 2014
One of my absolutely favorite blog and web resources is PrAACtical AAC. Created in 2012 by two master professors of speech and language pathology: Carole Zangari and Robin Parker. Sadly, Robin Parker passed away in July 2014. But her work lives on in this wonderful blog with and in the “Robin’s Tree of Learning” resource page at CARD which stands for the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities which is based at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University. There are over sixty webinars cataloged here on a variety of autism-related topics, including assistive technology.
You may have noticed some links to PrAACtical AAC in previous posts. There are a wealth of resources about the importance of core vocabulary as well as ideas for lesson plans and implementation. A fabulous resource for helping to implement strategies for the learning, practicing and using of core words all year long are the downloadable resources of A Year of Core Words 2013 and Another Year of Core Words 2014. Both blog entries contain a downloadable word document complete with grid communication boards and targeted words for each month of the year. Each grid is a template grid so that any choice of symbol set from your AAC user’s communication system can be used, be it PCS, SymbolStix or otherwise.
There are also some of the monthly grids available complete with symbols in the PrAACtical AAC tools resource page. Thank you Carole and Robin for the wonderful resources you have created for the AAC and AT community!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11.