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Sunday, March 3, 2013

CSUN 2013: Using Video to Support AAC Device Use

Anne Callies (AT Director) and Lisa Lafoon (SLPA) of San Diego USD presented on their recent work using video to support teams' implementation of AAC in the classroom across their district. Great info! Fantastic strategies! How can we get our hands on these videos? (unlikely, but worth a try...)

Stats from SDUSD's Assistive Tech Department
  • San Diego Unified is a large urban school district with over 16,000 special education students.
  • The AT Department in SDUSD has a team of 7- SLPs, 1-OT, 1-SLPA, and 1-Computer Tech to support over 1600 students who use assistive technology.
  • Almost 600 of these students use dynamic display AAC devices. (350+ are now using Apple Mobile Devices).

The AT team decided to take their top 10 AAC implementation tips and create a video to illustrate each idea, and then share these videos in order to help train and support their teams across the district. Here are their 10 Tips (CLICK to Download).

Their expected benefits of video demonstration/modeling of these top 10 tips included:
  • Allows for flexibility in training
  • Use to teach new skills
  • Video is more engaging
  • Help staff & parents see student potential
  • Useful for data collection used in developing the IEP
  • Same information shared with everyone
  • Save on visits to sites (important in a large district)
Their self-proclaimed inspiration came from the book: Lights, Camera, Autism! (2011)

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