Growing collection of resources for all of your teletherapy & Tele-AAC needs (COVID-19)

Many SLPs are feeling overly anxious across the country at the thought of teletherapy and terrified at the thought of providing Tele-AAC interventions. Tele-AAC is a “unique cross-disciplinary clinical service delivery model that requires expertise in both telepractice and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems” (Anderson, et al., 2012, p. 80). I know you’re thinking that there is no time to become and expert at a time when you didn’t even choose telepractice, rather it chose you due to COVID-19. No worries! We can do this together!

I have started this growing collection of materials and resources to help you find the perfect fit for you and your students. I will continue to add to the collection as I find helpful new resources. Tele-AAC can be applied for intervention, assessment, consultation, training and other AAC-related services. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make connections with other SLPs that have experience conducting Tele-AAC interventions.

Where should I start?

I started by reading SLP blog posts and reading research in this area. Next, I started connecting with SLPs that could provide additional information and guidance. The following blogs, articles, and videos are packed with excellent information to help you understand best practices:

Intervention Models

  • Direct text based tele-AAC – students’s device can interface directly with the computer. Both the student and clinician input information into their own device which is transmit into the other person’s device. Requires that the student has some degree of literacy and language skills.
  • Direct tele-AAC with two SGDs – Student’s device is displayed on the therapist’s screen using a webcam. The clinician also has a webcam and device in order to model. Both parties need a comparable device in this scenario..
  • Direct tele-AAC with one SGD – Clinician uses a stimulation software from the device producer to model through screen sharing. A webcam is also typically used so the clinician can observe the student.
  • Active consultation for tele-AAC – Considered to be ‘indirect’ form of service. The therapist guides another adult who is face to face with the client. Need to provide training to the adult and schedule times for observation.

Keys to successful Teletherapy & Tele-AAC sessions:

Utilize materials that allow you to change quickly according to the behavioral responses of the student. A combination of static materials (such as PDFs), virtual manipulatives, videos, virtual books, and graphic organizers work best. For example, I use Boom Cards (Boom Learning Platform) Edpuzzle, and Vooks.

For students with significant behavioral needs, you will want to utilize the parent or a family member as your e-helper that will prove extra support.

Continue to incorporate and try to use the strategies that have been previously successful. Give choices, incorporate favorite characers and rewards into the session. Utilize visual supports, tokens, stickers, music, animations and provide instructional breaks..

AsTeRICS Grid – One intention of the AsTeRICS Grid is to provide a platform that can be used for AAC. While many popular AAC tools or apps only run on one platform, our Grid can be used on any platform and device.

Avaz – Find a collection of free core communication boards in many different languages.

Cboard – An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) web application, allowing users with speech and language impairments (autism, cerebral palsy) to communicate by symbols and text-to-speech.

Core First BoardsLow-tech versions of the core pages in Core First are available in all grid sizes. 

CoughDrop – Find a growing collection fo publicly shared boards at the bottom of the page.

PRC: LAMP WFL, Unity, Unidad, Essence Boards – The AAC Language Lab has collected a variety of article and activities to help you make your journey with AAC a successful one. Use the search feature and filters to easily find exactly what you are looking for. Feel free to explore all the areas on the site for insightful articles, therapy ideas, research and other helpful tools. Many resources on the AAC Language Lab are free of charge,

Assistiveware Core Word ClassroomFind planning tools, 5 minute fillers, strategies, resources and so much more!

Super Core – Grids galore!

TouchChat Core Boards

Subscription-based resources

NOTE: Most provide teachers and parents FREE accounts through the end of the school year.

Boom Learning

BrainPop

ReadingEggs

Signed Stories

BigUniverse

The Social Express

Boardmaker Online

Vooks

E-Communication Partner Training (E-helper/Coaching)

Project Core: Professional Development Module

Aided Language

Tobii-Dynavox: Learning Hubs

Stay in-touch with your TEAM {Communication Channels}

ASHA: Telepractice: An Overview and Best Practices

ASHA SIG 18, Telepractice

SIG 18 Perspectives

FERPA and the Coronavirus

ADA

COVID-19: State laws and regulations regarding Teletherapy

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (COVID-19 Advocacy & Resources)

TpT AAC Resources I Own & Recommend:

The BIG Core Vocabulary STARTER Bundle: Low Tech AAC for Autism, Speech Therapy

AAC CORE Vocabulary Starter Kit For Special Education & Students With Autism

AAC Core Vocabulary Boards (Editable)

The Whimsical Word Podcast

SLP Memberships & Plans (NO Print Options)

The SLP Solution

Speech Therapy Plans

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