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October is AAC Awareness Month!

 

Today we wanted to share some information about AAC and how it may benefit you or your child. AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. A variety of individuals benefit from using AAC, including adults who have had a stroke and are unable to communicate verbally, individuals with autism who have limited verbal speech, individuals with motor speech disorders such as apraxia of speech, and individuals with speech that is difficult to understand due to a structural/physiological deficit such as Down's Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy.

 

There are numerous forms of AAC which range from low tech/no tech tools such as paper displays, sign language, and single-message devices, to high tech speech-generating devices that are computer-based devices that provide individuals with access to thousands of words.


PrAACtical AAC has developed this wonderful handout on the "top ten" facts to know about AAC. Please contact us if you are interested in gaining more information about how AAC may benefit you or your loved one.

 

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Apps:

First-Then Visual Schedule
This app provides visual schedules to help with transitions and decrease anxiety. "First-then support can offer children of most intellectual and language abilities to understand what is expected of them, and what will come next, or what the reward will be," explains Patricia Aguayo, MD, MPH, Medical Director Autism Services, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Hospital for Special Care.
Cost: $9.99, available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android.

 

iPrompts

"iPrompts is a highly recommended app for supporting organizational skills, setting expectations for performance, and setting up subtle supports and reminders," says Aguayo. Users can create and modify visual schedules, as well as use a countdown timer with picture supports to indicate how much longer a task or activity will last.
Cost: $49.99, available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Autism Tracker Pro
This app is brought to you by the creators of iPrompts and is designed for parents of children with ASD to help them track data. "This customizable data tracking tool allows parents to easily track behaviors, interventions and symptoms in one place," says Aguayo. "Behaviors and symptoms can be rated, as well as particular medications and their doses, diet changes and therapies. Parents can also review trends in their child's data and share these data with school and medical providers to inform treatment planning. This app is especially helpful for children with challenging behaviors, psychiatric conditions or both."
Cost: Free to $9.99, depending on the version, available for iPhone and iPad.

 

Learn with Rufus: Emotions

"This app uses a child-friendly character to teach emotion words, facial expressions associated with emotions, and to identify emotions in others," Aguayo says, and it may also help with the development of language, communication, and social skills.
Cost: $4.99, available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

 

Model Me Going Places 2
"[This] is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior," says Dena Aucoin, M.Ed., the Assistant Academic Chair in the Educational Studies program at Kaplan University. Locations include the hairdresser, mall, doctor's office, grocery store, restaurant and playground.
Cost: Free, available for iPhone and iPad.

 

The Social Express II

This online interactive program addresses core deficit areas standing in the way of school, social, and life success for kids with social learning challenges. It uses "highly interactive and visual presentation" and animations to encourage children to practice social skills in an interactive way. According to Aucoin, this app "employs rich graphics and audio and offers a high degree of quality in every aspect of the app."
Cost: Free for version II, monthly and annual rates available for iPad.

 

Cognoa

Dr. Clara Lajonchere, former VP of clinical programs at Autism Speaks, helped to develop the Cognoa evaluation tool, which not only identifies autism in kids, but also tracks a child's behavior and milestones for doctors and teachers. "Features include expert-recommended activities, which can help autistic children who have issues with fine motor and sensory, socialization, tantrums and more," she says.
Cost: Free, available for Android and Apple products and online.

 

Pictello

Pictello is a simple way to create visual stories and talking books, explains Aucoin. "Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, a short video, up to 10 lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using natural sounding voices." The app can be used to teach social skills or to help kids remember events, and supports non-verbal children in communication with others. Better yet, stories can be shared with other Pictello users and even non-users.
Cost: $18.99, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

 

 

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Swim on over this summer for your child's Free Speech and Language Screening - Schedule your appointment today - Please contact us at 713-669-8635 - 4545 Bissonnet, Suite 250, Bellaire, TX 77401

 

Nancy L. Foreman and Associates offer a free, consultative follow-up visit to all discharged patients after a six-month period to ensure maintenance of previously mastered speech / language goals and objectives.


Nancy Foreman & Associates
has provided high quality, professional speech and language therapy at competitive prices for over 20 years in the Houston, Texas area, specifically Bellaire.

  • We have a variety of Speech Language Pathologists with years of combined experience and knowledge in a wide variety of communication disorders.
  • Our professional staff has experience in evaluation and treatment of the pediatric and adult populations.
  • Speech and language therapy includes the treatment of articulation delays / disorders, language delays / disorders, fluency (stuttering), and voice disorders.
  • Inability to communicate effectively in social settings
  • Slow or stagnant speech development
  • Sudden decrease of expressive speech skills
  • Limited vocabulary when compared to others in same age group
  • Speech that is not understood by family members and/or strangers
  • Lacks interest in communicating and/or gets frustrated when attempting to communicate
  • Stuttering that fosters a sense of embarrassment and/or difficulty with peers
  • Difficulty with sucking, chewing, and/or swallowing
  • Excessive drooling
  • Consistently hoarse voice
  • Not speaking clearly by age 3