This semester, I'm taking a class about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). There are videos. I do something like liveblogging while watching them, just into Open Office. Now the results are here.
So here's the video:
And here's what I wrote while I watched it:
Video defines AAC as “the use of customized methods and devices to supplement a person's ability to communicate”
[In class we described low tech as limited messages, but pen and paper or board and marker
HI backup systems are important, variety
“Anyone who is unable to speak, or whose speech is difficult to understand.”
[Intermittently this is me, but I actually do sometimes switch over before speech is totally gone, at the point where AAC is more efficient rather than strictly required.]
“Sometimes we find ourselves on the floor or under a desk because that's where somebody wants to be” as a way of noting that there are no behavioral prerequisites for AAC use.
HAHAHAHA HIIIIIIII (It's meeeeeee)
(That's actually concerning that I'm the example here)
(Who didn't get access to communication because of doing the thing I do in grad school?)
NO HIERARCHY OF DEVICES OR SKILLS
Use all the methods. Don't eliminate what's working.
(There are a very few people who can read my body language.)
Least dangerous assumption.
8-12 months in assessment is a while. I get why, I just hope stuff is being tried during that time.
What does the individual want to do? Family and such help and guess if the person can't answer but we want to ask the person. Look at daily life.
Information about prior devices gets lost. So do the prior devices.
Vocabulary to actually have a conversation, rather than only “I want X” is kind of needed to have a conversation.
Is that what the more than just requesting was about? (Also a video on that topic.)