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.

Operational Skills

Operational skills such as turning on the device, charging, carrying, positioning and retrieving it as well as navigating through screens, programming and caring for it increase independence and consistency in use of AAC. Learn why these skills are so important and how to teach them with this learning path.

AAC Goal Grid & Introduction
NEW VERSION AS OF MAY 2011! The AAC Goal Grid (best printed on 11” by 17” paper, landscape) has been updated once again with new goals and a modified prompting hierarchy. The Introduction Manual has been updated as well. It continues to provide specific skills within J. Light’s four areas of communicative competence organized by which skills would be expected or targeted based on the P. Dowden’s levels of communicative ability. This tool can be used for both evaluation and progress monitoring as we have added prompting levels based on our Chain of Cues resources.

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Operational Skills for the Emergent User – Overview Video
Operational skills include turning the device on and off, charging it, navigating through pages, transporting it and setting it up for use. This 11-minute video presents the operational skills we expect or are working on for an emergent user. View our print resources (e.g., overviews of specific skills, datasheets with teaching hints, visual supports) as well.

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Operational Skills for the Emergent User
Competence in operating a communication device for the emergent user ensures that the communication device is available and ready for use. This .zip file contains overviews, handouts, visual supports, datasheets with teaching hints and Boardmaker v. 6 files related to positioning, transporting, charging, navigation, turning the device on and off. Take a look at the video on this topic as well.

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Operational Skills for the Context-Dependent User – Overview Video
Operational skills include turning the device on and off, charging it, navigating through pages, transporting it and setting it up for use. This 9-minute video presents the operational skills we’d expect or are working on with a Context-Dependent User. View our print resources (e.g., overviews of specific skills, datasheets with teaching hints, visual supports) as well.

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Operational Skills for the Context-Dependent User
Competence in operating a communication device for the context-dependent user increases independence in ensuring that the device is available and ready for use. This .zip file contains overviews, handouts, visual supports, datasheets with teaching hints and Boardmaker v. 6 files related to retrieving the device, asking for assistance with it, changing the voice and volume, navigation and participation in programming. Take a look at the video on this topic as well.

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Operational Skills for the Independent User – Overview Video
Operational skills include turning the device on and off, charging it, navigating through pages, transporting it and setting it up for use. This 8-minute video presents the operational skills we’d expect or are working on with an Independent User. View our print resources (e.g., overviews of specific skills, datasheets with teaching hints, visual supports) as well.

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Operational Skills for the Independent User
Competence in operating a communication device for the independent user increases the individual’s level of responsibility in caring for and programming his/her device. This .zip file contains overviews, handouts, visual supports, datasheets with teaching hints and Boardmaker v. 6 files related to access to external devices, navigation, participation in programming, taking care of the device, storing files and messages. Take a look at the video on this topic as well.

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Lesson/Therapy Plans – Operational Skills – Charging
Charging an AAC device is one of four basic operational skills that ensure an individual’s AAC device is available for communication whenever it is needed. This unit focuses on increasing the AAC user’s understanding of how to charge an AAC device as well as when, why and whose responsibility it is. This lesson/therapy plan is appropriate for use in a variety of settings (e.g., individual and group therapy, day programs, classroom, home) for any age group. State educational standards are referenced for those using it in a classroom setting.

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Lesson/Therapy Plans – Operational Skills – On/Off
Turning an AAC device on and off is one of four basic operational skills that ensure an individual’s AAC device is available for communication whenever it is needed. This unit focuses on increasing the AAC user’s understanding of how to charge an AAC device as well as when, why and whose responsibility it is. This lesson/therapy plan is appropriate for use in a variety of settings (e.g., individual and group therapy, day programs, classroom, home) for any age group. State educational standards are referenced for those using it in a classroom setting.

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Lesson/Therapy Plans – Operational Skills – Transporting Device
Transporting an AAC device is one of four basic operational skills that ensure an individual’s AAC device is available for communication whenever it is needed. This unit focuses on increasing the AAC user’s understanding of how to charge an AAC device as well as when, why and whose responsibility it is. This lesson/therapy plan is appropriate for use in a variety of settings (e.g., individual and group therapy, day programs, classroom, home) for any age group. State educational standards are referenced for those using it in a classroom setting.

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Lesson/Therapy Plans Operational Skills – Positioning Device
Positioning an AAC device for use is one of four basic operational skills that ensure an individual’s AAC device is available for communication whenever it is needed. This unit focuses on increasing the AAC user’s understanding of how to charge an AAC device as well as when, why and whose responsibility it is. This lesson/therapy plan is appropriate for use in a variety of settings (e.g., individual and group therapy, day programs, classroom, home) for any age group. State educational standards are referenced for those using it in a classroom setting.

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Operational Skills - References
Citations for references used in developing our Operational Skills resources. View our "Operational Skills" videos for an introduction to the skills and our print reesources for overviews of each skills as well as datasheets with teaching hints and visual supports.

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Operational Skills – Definition of Terms
Definitions of terms use throughout the “Operational Skills” resources. View our videos on "Operational Skills" for more information as well as the overviews on each specific skill, datasheets with teaching hints and visual supports.

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Implementation Toolkit

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