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Julie Freed: How to Identify Key Tools for Dynamic Assessment with the APT

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Talking with Tech is joined this week by Julie Freed, an SLP and school-based AAC specialist who helped create the AAC Planning Tool (APT)! Before the interview, Rachel and Chris discuss two communication assessments, the Continuum of Language Expression (COLE) and the Dynamic AAC Goals Grid (DAGG-2). Chris discusses his role in the creation of the COLE, what they considered when making it, and how it can be helpful when assessing emergent communicators. Rachel follows this with a discussion of the DAGG-2 and how it is similar to, and different from, the Communication Matrix. Rachel and Chris also chat about out how these assessments can be used as a baseline to determine the effectiveness of AAC implementation and measure student progress.

Next, Chris interviews Julie Freed, the Assistive Technology/AAC Resource Team Lead at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Julie is the co-creator of the APT, a “menu” of AAC assessment tools that helps to guide the dynamic assessment process. It provides key tools to use as part of this process, including communication sampling forms and communication partner worksheets, that are suggested based on the student’s symbolic communication ability. Julie shares about why the APT was formed, the advantages she has seen from using it, and how it has helped to increase AAC competency and interest for many teachers and staff in her area!

We want to know what you think! You can connect with us at our Facebook group Talking with Tech, on Twitter, and Instagram (@talkingwithtech)! Also, please subscribe and post a review for us on iTunes – it helps others to find us!

Links:

Continuum of Language Expression (http://bit.ly/colegooglesheets & http://bit.ly/lcpscolepiktochart)

 

AAC Planning Tool (http://bit.ly/APTbinder)

 

Dynamic AAC Goals Grid (log into mytobiidynavox.com, then follow this path: Community >> Resources >> AAC Goal Writing)

 

“Golden Rules of AAC Competency In a New Era of Communication” Course by Lucas, Chris, & Rachel: (http://bit.ly/GoldenRulesofCompetency)

Credits:

Hosts: Rachael Madel and Chris Bugaj

Producer: Luke Padgett

Audio Engineer: Michaela Ball

Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures

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“Should I Start an AAC Business?” & Other Listener Questions

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This week, the TWT team answers questions from our listeners! They address the following questions:

 

1) I’ve thought about starting an AAC consulting business, but I doubt at times that I have enough experience. What should I do?

2) What do you think about recent videos from Pyrimid/PECS that seem to argue that we shouldn’t introduce core words until a student has already learned a number of fringe words?

3) How can we best talk to parents about interventions that are not evidence-based, like the rapid prompting method (RPM), when the parent has a positive opinion about it?

 

This is one of TWT’s most thought-provoking and interesting episodes. You won’t want to miss it!

Links:

PECS & Core Vocabulary 1: http://bit.ly/PECSCoreVocab1

 

PECS & Core Vocabulary 2: http://bit.ly/PECSCoreVocab2

 

ASHA Position Statement on RPM: http://bit.ly/ASHARPM

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Learn more at pearsonclinical.com/q-interactive

FREE TRIAL: Integrate digital into your practice with a FREE 30-day trial of Q-interactive for SLPs!

Get started at PearsonClinical.com/twt18

Q-interactive provides a new way for speech language pathologists to test and score speech assessments that leads to improved outcomes for the clients you serve each day. This platform offers the world’s most advanced testing tools with the convenience of today’s technology. This 1:1 iPad assessment system allows SLPs to quickly create unique, client-centric batteries at both the instrument and subtest levels.

Q-interactive’s growing library now include access to up to 20 of Pearson’s most trusted tests including CELF-5, GFTA-3, KLPA-3, GFTA-3 Spanish, PPVT-5 and EVT-3. It improves administration accuracy and speed, provides real-time scoring, and allows for unheard of flexibility in just a few simple taps. Q-interactive provides a more effective way to do your job, serve your clients, and evolve your practice or school while saving money. All your assessment tools fit in the palm of your hand: two iPads, one stylus and an annual license. Read about some of the users who have made the switch from paper to digital assessments and have not looked back!

Try Q-interactive risk free for 30 days!

Promotion Code information for 10% off  Q-interactive
Use Promo Code: TWT18

Expires 12/31/18
*Applies to new users only

November 13, 2018

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