Ep. 37 Collaborating with OT’s on Your AAC Assessment

Ep. 37 Collaborating with OT’s on Your AAC Assessment

Hey Hey SLPS! In this week’s episode, Mara Jonet and Annabeth Knight from The Fanny Pack Therapist join Felice to talk about AAC Assessment. This OT | SLP duo are an interdisciplinary team passionate about collaborative care, AAC/AT, and a minimalist therapy approach. Mara and Annabeth are friends in real life and share a passion for the 90s! These ladies came up with the idea of The Fanny Pack Therapist because they believe you can minimize therapy supplies and be more efficient! 


in this episode: 

You’ll hear

  • How to approach and assess AAC assessments collaboratively
  • Best resources to use for AAC Assessment
  • Tips for SLPs to consider during an AAC assessment from an OT perspective

Stay Connected with Mara and Annabeth 

Stay in touch with Mara and Annabeth:

Website: https://fannypacktherapist.wixsite.com/blog

Instagram: @thefannypacktherapist

Ep. 25: AAC and Autism with Rachel Madel

Ep. 25: AAC and Autism with Rachel Madel

Hey SLPs….“Don’t Stop Believin”.  This week Rachel Madel shares how she is inspired by that iconic 80s song. “We have to start with the belief that kids are capable of making progress and learning how to communicate!” Rachel will give practical tips for AAC and Autism and advise on how SLPs can come together as a team to figure out what works!


in this episode: 

You’ll hear:

  • Troubleshooting tools for students. Finding different strategies that work for each individual student.
  • How to know if a child would benefit from an AAC device. 
  • Working on AAC in therapy sessions.
  • How SLPs with very heavy caseloads can support students with AAC. 
Keep in Touch with Rachel Madel:

Website: www.rachelmadel.com

Instagram: @rachelmadelslp

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZWzF606AWLc5zvwBTA7CDA

Podcast: www.talkingwithtech.org

Free Materials for AAC: www.rachelmadel.com/freebies 


Resources and Blog Posts Mentioned:

CORE words mastery: https://www.rachelmadel.com/blog/four-quickest-ways-to-core-word-mastery-part-ii

How to Use a CORE Board to Get Your Child Talking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-aam4LI3kc

Instagram LIVE Replay for virtual AAC therapy and assessment

Connect with Felice        

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thedabblingspeechie

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedabblingspeechie/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dabblingspeech/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB_cZ4io1LK4XJIajDMHLfg

Website:  https://thedabblingspeechie.com/

MealTime Communication Board FREE Download

MealTime Communication Board FREE Download

Many students with moderate-severe disabilities benefit from using low-tech AAC tools to help them communicate. Helping parents at home with easy ways to work on communication can be tough. That’s why showing them how to work on functional communication during meal time is great. Meal time is a common routine in the home and children are pretty motivated to communicate around food. Even if the child protests, this is very empowering for them to know that someone understands they don’t want something! Today, I am going to share how you can coach parents with using a meal time communication board to build language and expand functions of communication. 

mealtime communication board to build language and expanding MLU.

Meal times are a great way to help train parents and staff at school to work on CORE vocabulary and communication functions.

It can be hard to find ways to work on more than just requesting with our students. Using CORE vocabulary can help you work on answering yes/no questions, requesting more, protesting, sharing opinions (i.e. like/don’t like), social functions (i.e. turn taking, waiting, saying polite communication forms.)

CORE vocabulary are those words that can be used across many activities and speakers such as the word “go” can be used to tell the parent to “go get the milk,” or “go to the car,” or “go away.” The fringe vocabulary is at the top of the meal CORE board in the picture. The fringe vocabulary are specific words that can be used for a certain setting or activity. You wouldn’t have a spoon or fork on a page for math because it isn’t specific to that theme or category.

Tips for Coaching Parents with the Meal Time Communication Board

When helping parents and staff with using the meal time communication board, you want to remember that this might be very new to them.

So, instead of telling your parents 5-10 ways to use the CORE board, give them one actionable step or goal for the week.

It might be as simple as, “Put the communication board on the fridge and bring it over to the table for 1 mealtime.”

Then, next week, you can give them a coaching assignment of modeling “more” with the CORE board. Every week, you want to give one actionable tip. As your parents/staff get the hang of things, you can add in more elements.

Remember, we are trying to establish routines and habits of using it, so that takes time. We don’t want to overwhelm them because then they won’t feel empowered to use the CORE board.

You may have to show your parents what it looks like to model and invite their child to use the CORE board. You can film a quick video with the CORE vocabulary you want them to use and give them tips about providing “wait time,” and “using the board themselves to communicate with their child.”

mealtime AAC communication board to build communication functions.

Helpful YouTube Videos for Parent Coaching with AAC Communication

If you need videos that have parenting tips with using this FREE mealtime AAC communication board, head to my YouTube Channel.

Just click the video links below to send to staff and parents!

Mealtime AAC communication board free download to work on teaching communication functions at school or home. Coach parents with an easy to implement parent handout guide.

Need A FREE Bubbles CORE Board?

If you need more CORE boards that have fringe vocabulary, check out this blog post. You can work on coaching parents and staff while playing bubbles. Playing with bubbles is definitely a favorite in my therapy room. This blog post talks all about how to use bubbles in speech.