Awe and Wonder Podcast: AAC & AT

Are you losing the human connection in the midst of data collection? Join Brenda and Sarah as they talk with inspirational people who create awe and wonder in unique ways. “Wonder inspires the wish to understand; awe inspires the wish to let shine, to acknowledge and to unite.” Ulrich Weger & Johannes Wagemann (sourced from Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown) Participants will hear first hand accounts from people supporting students with complex needs. Assistive Technology, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and IEP goals are discussed, but human connection is highlighted throughout this engaging series.

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Kathee Scoggin and Emma Packard both work with students who have combined vision and hearing loss including deaf-blindness and support the Washington DeafBlind Program https://wsds.wa.gov/deaf-blind/.
In this episode of the podcast Kathee and Emma share stories from their numerous experiences working with students who have combined vision and hearing loss. These stories call out important tips for working with this population, including: considerations for starting tactile symbols, what a good relationship between adults and students can do to improve communication skills, and what adults can learn when they provide adequate wait time for students with combined vision and hearing loss.
 
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
National Center for Deafblindness https://www.nationaldb.org/
Learning Media Assessment Sensory Channels Form https://www.pathstoliteracy.org/learning-center/learning-media-assessment/
Deafblind Intervener Modules https://www.nationaldb.org/products/modules/ohoa/
Can You Feel The Thunder (book) https://www.amazon.com/Can-Feel-Thunder-Lynn-McElfresh/dp/068982324X
Child of the Silent Night (book) https://www.amazon.com/Child-Silent-Night-Fisher-Hunter/dp/0395068355
Washington DeafBlind Program https://wsds.wa.gov/deaf-blind/

Tuesday May 14, 2024

Marci Revelli is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who has completed numerous AAC evaluations for kids with complex needs including vision. In this episode she talks about questions SLPs can ask families that give clues about the student's vision and shares stories of AAC evaluations with students who have low vision or CVI. Marci shares that pulling in all team members (especially family), taking AAC evaluations/trials slow, and trialing AAC systems in different settings with different people are key to finding the right AAC system for a child with low vision/CVI.
 
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
AAC By The Bay Conference at the Bridge School: https://www.bridgeschool.org/outreach/aac-by-the-bay/
Perkins AAC CVI course: https://www.perkins.org/course/augmentative-and-alternative-communication-aac-and-cortical-cerebral-visual-impairment-cvi/
Texas School for the Blind learning modules: https://www.tsbvi.edu/statewide-resources/professional-development/online-learning
College of Optometrists in Vision Development: https://www.covd.org/
Bridging Voice: https://bridgingvoice.org/
Seattle Children's Hospital AAC Evaluation: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/augmentative-alternative-communication/
 

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Ting is a Teacher of Blind and Low Vision Students (TVI) and coordinates the Northwest Center for Assistive Technology Training (CATT-NW) at the WA State School for the Blind (WSSB). In this episode Ting cautions about the ableist perspective of prioritizing vision with students and instead asking ourselves what the student can still do with their sensory access. Ting also stresses the importance of introducing technology- any tools or systems that help people access and engage with information better- as soon as students are seeking and needing access to their environment.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
CATT-NW https://www.wssb.wa.gov/services/northwest-center-assistive-technology-training-catt-nw
National Federation of the Blind- Parents of Blind Children https://nfb.org/our-community/parents-blind-children
American Printing House https://www.aph.org/
Adaptive Design Association- Tangible Symbols https://www.adaptivedesign.org/communicationcards#:~:text=Tangible%20symbols%20are%20appropriate%20for,the%20communication%20partner%20can%20interpret.
Christopher Hills YouTube Channel for Switch Technology https://www.youtube.com/user/icdhills
Perkins Paths to Technology Newsletter: https://www.perkins.org/resource/paths-to-technology-newsletter/
 

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

In this episode of the Awe and Wonder AAC & AT podcast Tanna Neufleld, SLP, discusses which students may be at risk for vision involvement and behaviors parents and practitioners can look for that might give clues that vision is impacted, and about using a student's preferred sensory modality. Tanna also talks about how her own vision diagnosis plays a role in her life and about the technology supports she uses in various settings.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
Stargardt Disease https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/stargardt-disease
WA Department of Services for the Blind: https://dsb.wa.gov/ Lighthouse for the Blind https://lhblind.org/
Perkins School for the Blind ELearning https://www.perkins.org/perkins-elearning/
AACcessible.org The Stacks vision resources https://elink.io/p/aac-communication-boards-and-books-91aa5c2
Screening Tool (click "Blind/Low Vision/Deaf HH Resources" then "Three Pronged Approach") https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/child-dev-support-providers/esit/practice-guidance#tpa

Tuesday Apr 23, 2024

Amanda Soper is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Teacher of the Vison Impaired (TVI) in Washington D.C. In this podcast she discusses cerebral vision impairment and characteristics or visual behaviors you might notice in children. Amanda also explains how she uses semantic compaction language systems like Unity to support students with low vision.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
AACreATively Communicating https://www.aacreativelycommunicating.com/about
Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Vision Impairment in Children https://www.aph.org/product/vision-and-the-brain-understanding-cerebral-visual-impairment-in-children/
CVI Profile https://www.pattan.net/assets/PaTTAN/5a/5a5e836e-3369-4b95-9210-7e440b9fa8a9.pdf
CVI Range https://cviresources.com/cvi-range-assessment/
Unity language system https://www.prentrom.com/prc_advantage/unity-language-system
Conferences: ATIA https://www.atia.org/conference/ Closing the Gap https://www.closingthegap.com/conference/ CEC https://cecconvention.org/

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

Luis Peréz is the Disability & Digital Inclusion Lead for CAST where he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. In this episode Luis references resources available from CAST, but also shares his own lived experience of having low vision, urging people to challenge assumptions around disability and be proactive in how we provide supports to low vision and blind students.

Monday Mar 18, 2024

Karanveer Singh is an AAC User and contributor to the Special Education Technology Center who recently won the 2024 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture. In this episode he is joined by his mother, KP Singh, and his family friend and OT Rose Racicot. KP, Rose and Karanveer talk to us about the role Karanveer's Indian culture, language and family values play in his life and his experience living in both India and Washington. Note: For the purposes of this podcast some periods of silence during which Karanveer is composing his messages using his AAC system have been edited.
 
Resources: 2024 Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hyBPF7-dWU&t=1s 
My AAC Journey: Switches to Eye Gaze to Infinity with Karanveer Singh https://youtu.be/Wq0iLIviL-o?si=za_R64gc-cYKGN-7 
Effortless Design: Eye Gaze Features Explored in Adobe Illustrator- Karanveer Singh https://youtu.be/FsFvXlUV9D8?si=RwjazJtclRmEVxTE 
Breaking Barriers: Movie Editing with Alternative Access https://youtu.be/CDareDn-Je0?si=nCbpsC8UMJu3Sbtt
Tobii Dynavox Eye Gaze Systems https://us.tobiidynavox.com/
Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Maria De Leon is an SLP in Southern California who specializes in AAC. She, along with two other SLPs, started a website called Bilingue AAC, which is packed with resources for parents, teachers, and SLPs who work with bilingual students. Maria reminds us that speaking multiple languages is part of a student's identity and culture and it is critical to take this into consideration with AAC assessment and implementation.
 
Resources mentioned in this episode:
BilingueAAC BilingueAAC is set to provide bilingual AAC resources to families and professionals that work with bilingual AAC users.
PrAACtical AAC PrAACtical AAC supports a community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties. 
Cultural-Linguistic AAC: Bilingual Literacy and AAC :https://praacticalaac.org/featured-posts/cultural-linguistic-aac-bilingual-literacy-aac/
Diverse AAC @diverseaac Provides a chart of AAC systems in various languages. AAC app/Device Crosswalk: https://airtable.com/appoMuxhQEeROuLpp/shrViK9VEIP58GJhH/tblw0LUpFpVgg69mr/viwDZwqUflgQZjlZB?blocks=hide 
Bookshare.org Bookshare provides access to digital books that can be read aloud with text-to-speech for eligible students. 

Monday Mar 04, 2024

In this episode focused on cultural responsiveness, parents Tasha and Wolf share their experiences raising their daughter who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and the immense supports they have received along the way through their reservation, beginning with schooling at 6 months of age.
 
Resources based on discussion in this episode: 
SMA information: https://www.mda.org/disease/spinal-muscular-atrophy
Head Start services: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs/about/head-start
Inclusive playgrounds: https://www.inclusiveplaygrounds.net/facts-of-inclusivity.html
Native American advocacy groups: https://nativeamericatoday.com/political-organizations-and-advocacy-groups/
Making worksheets accessible: https://youtu.be/8cRfRPTy_iY?si=ff2hGcjz1iXMyqfW
International Day of Acceptance: https://nationaltoday.com/international-day-of-acceptance/ 

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Jordyn is an SLP who is passionate about cultural responsiveness and representation. She talks about attending a predominantly white school and later a historically black college or institution and how those experiences helped her become an advocate for herself and for others. 
Mentioned in this podcast: 
jrctheslp.com
The Color Of Autism Foundation https://thecolorofautism.org/

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