Implementation Toolkit

Valuable, real-life resources and suggestions for implementing AAC to encourage successful communication. The Implementation Toolkit is a collection of video and print-based resources created to help you facilitate successful interaction using AAC.

ALS and AAC

Augmentative communication can make a signficant impact in the lives of individuals with ALS to maintain social roles and personal autonomy across environments. This learning path provides resources to expand knowledge and meet communication needs.

Interacting with InterAACt - Navigator
Use this 10 minute video to become familiar with the way InterAACt in the Navigator user supports efficient and precise communication as well as interaction with other technology.

Resource Type: Video

Multiple Communication Methods used by Adults - Video Examples
In this 4 ½ minute video, you will see examples of adults with aphasia and ALS learning to communicate and successfully communicating with a variety of methods (e.g., devices, speech, pointing, gestures, etc.). These video examples accompany our print resources on multiple communication methods.

Resource Type: Video

Articles at a Glance - Acceptance of AAC by Persons with ALS
Review of the following article: Ball, L.J., Beukelman, D.R., Pattee, G.L. (2004). Acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology by Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20(2), 113-122.

Resource Type: File

Articles at a Glance - AAC Decision Making for Persons with ALS
Summary of the following article: Ball, L., Beukelman, D., & Pattee, G. (2002). Augmentative and alternative communication clinical decision making for persons with ALS. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 11 (1), 7-12.

Resource Type: File

AAC Needs Assessment
There is more to an AAC assessment than understanding an individual’s skills. Identifying appropriate AAC tools, techniques and strategies requires knowledge of an individual’s communication needs. This AAC Needs Assessment provides a thorough and quick overview of an individual’s needs across environments.

Resource Type: File

Effect of Positioning
Discusses the effect positioning can have on communication. View our videos on "Operational Skills" for more information as well as the "Operational Skills - Positioning - Overview", datasheets with teaching hints and visual supports.

Resource Type: File

Selection Methods – Overview
Provides an overview of the different selection methods (e.g., direct, indirect) for low and high technology AAC.

Resource Type: File

Selection Methods – Partner Assisted Scanning
Explains how and when to use Partner Assisted Scanning. This technique is beneficial as a means of access to communication boards for those who scan or use eye gaze.

Resource Type: File

Selection Methods – Eye Gaze Techniques
Describes how and when to use eye gaze as a selection method.

Resource Type: File

Voice Banking
Voice banking is strategy used by individuals with progressive conditions to save recordings of their voices producing important messages and stories. This handout shares information about this strategy.

Resource Type: File

Personal Narratives – Telling My Stories – Instructional Video
Communicating personal narratives allows us to initiate and deepen relationships with others and encourages growth in communication and language skills. This 27-minute instructional video provides an introduction to personal narratives, factors to consider when programming and demonstrates options for programming in DynaVox devices. See accompanying print resources.

Resource Type: Video

Personal Narratives – Decision-making for Adults
This handout and worksheet provides an introduction to personal narratives for adults as well as a process for deciding how to program them. Accompanies our instructional video – Personal Narratives – Telling My Stories.

Resource Type: File

Personal Narratives in Navigator
Use this resource to learn how to program personal narratives into the Navigator user of the V/Vmax. Accompanies our instructional video – Personal Narratives – Telling My Stories.

Resource Type: File

Personal Narratives with Keyboard
Use this resource to learn how to program personal narratives into devices with keyboards (V/Vmax, Palm3 and DynaWrite). Accompanies our instructional video – Personal Narratives – Telling My Stories.

Resource Type: File

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Implementation Toolkit

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