Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Great Video on How to Model AAC for Communication Partners

ISACC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) defines communication as "the essence of human interaction and learning"...
The nature of communication is dependent on interaction between two or more individuals and understanding is constructed through that interaction.
Communication is a basic human right and essential to our quality of life as a social species.  As human beings, we use communication to: relate to others, socially connect, greet, call attention, share feelings, express an opinion, agree, disagree, explain, share information, question, answer, tease, bargain, negotiate, argue, manipulate, compliment, comment, protest, complain, describe, encourage, instruct, provide feedback, show humor, discuss interest, be polite, make friends, express interest or disinterest...etc.  
Source: https://www.isaac-online.org/english/what-is-aac/what-is-communication/ 
As both a parent and a teacher I feel a level of urgent anxiety around figuring out how to support my son and the students in the area of AAC. It feels like there is some illusive magic bullet to making this happen.

Tonight Lauren Scchwartz Enders, an AAC consultant that I follow on Facebook shared a training video related to modeling the use of an AAC system to the user that I thought was really well done.  Many wonderful reminders in the video of staying the course when it comes to Input before Output.  I am sharing the video here as I think it is worth spreading around to teams who are working to support students develop communication through an AAC system. The story at the end of the video also spoke to me as a parent about the need to be modeling the use of the system at home.



  1. This video seems to no longer exist. Is there another source available?

  2. Tina - it sounds like they had to take the video down because of some regulations related to the people who were in it (it was a school division video). It is too bad as it was a really great video showing examples of staying the course with modeling the use of an AAC device.