See below for a presentation given by an Angelman mum and ASAA Representative at the AGOSCI 2017 Conference. AGOSCI is an inclusive group interested in enhancing the participation of all people with complex communication needs.
See below for a comprehensive list of popular children's books that use Core Words, to be used for modeling language. Thanks to Gemma Holleran (Speech Pathologist with Scope) for providing us with this resource.
Communication Hints and Tips
There's a revolution going on! A revolution run by and for people with Angelman syndrome, their parents, and the professionals who work with them. Angelman syndrome is a genetic syndrome that occurs in about 1 in 15,000 children. Among the symptoms are developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and difficulties with walking and balance. Until recently, it was believed that people with Angelman syndrome had severe cognitive deficits and that very few of them would be able to learn to communicate fully, or read and write. Then came the revolution.
Read more here: http://www.assistiveware.com/join-angelman-revolution
The ASF Communication Training Series takes all of the hours of great communication workshops and breaks them down into small, digestible parts so that you and your individual with AS can reach her/his greatest communication success at any age. Using web-based teaching, the Series is designed to be sequential and can proceed through the training at your child’s pace of learning.
Angelman Syndrome: Communication and Literacy presentations on YouTube
Mary-Louise Bertram: Communication and Literacy for All 2016 ASAA Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27Mr-T5xEQ4
Mary-Louise Bertram, Jeremy Meissner, Mick Wong, David Rosenblatt: This AAC Life: Dad-to-Dad 2016 FAST US Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-2acw9I4uw&t=24s
Kate Ahern: Communication Intervention for Behavioral Change 2016 FAST US Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=strl25gM2wQ
Kate Ahern: Angel Voices 2016 FAST US Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj0yncH2mWY
Erin Sheldon: Literacy in Angelman Syndrome 2014 FAST US summit workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRSErkJUZiM
Dr. Gretchen Hanser: Literacy in Angelman Syndrome 2014 FAST US summit workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2nkRllUw1U
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite: Literacy in Angelman Syndrome 2014 FAST US summit workshop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLxnrBvHg0Y
Mary-Louise Bertram: How to support individuals with complex communication needs? 2012 FAST US Educational Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9tmi0XLNjg&t=684s
Erin Sheldon: What are the needs of students with Angelman Syndrome? 2012 FAST US Educational Summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oen9B06lrGE
Communication Apps and Visual Aid Tools
With the Tools2Talk+ app you can make your own personalised communication aids, access over 15 templates and over 21,000 symbols (including Picture Communication Symbols and Compic), add your own images direct from your camera roll, print any of the aids or use them on screen with one of the iOS voices and save created pages easily in PDF format and email direct to your child’s team. The App is designed by Speech Pathologists for I-Pad use.
With the Key Word Sign Australia app you can make your own sign resources, books and communication aids, print any or all of the signs in the 600 word Australian vocabulary, print with or without sign descriptions, print symbols to match signs and access your camera roll and print using your own photos. The app is designed for I-Pad use.
Book Creator A$7.99
Create your own books using your own photos, create a story to model the language you are focusing on learning.
Proloquo2Go is an award-winning symbol-supported communication app. It provides a voice to over 150,000 individuals who cannot speak. The app is designed to promote language development and grow communication skills. Its innovative features support users, parents, teachers and therapists to quickly personalise the vocabulary and settings.
PODD with Compass
This version of Compass includes the premium PODD pageset. PODD, created by speech pathologist Gayle Porter, is a way of organizing whole word and symbol vocabulary to provide immersion and modeling as well as a means to express a range of messages in a variety of environments. There are PODD Pagesets to provide multiple options to suit the communication and language requirements of different individuals.
Touchchat HD A$229.99
TouchChat HD is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. It includes features that were previously only available in much more expensive dedicated devices.
Scene & Heard A$79.99
Scene & Heard supports communication and learning through the use of Visual Scene Displays, and is designed for iPad and iPod touch.
Sounding Board A$FREE
SoundingBoard transforms your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into the latest in communication technology. In just minutes, you can create custom boards using AbleNet symbols or your own words.
Assistive Technology Companies
Useful Websites and Blogs
Praactical AAC: http://praacticalaac.org/
Jane Farrall Consulting: http://www.janefarrall.com/
Linda Burkhart: http://lindaburkhart.com/index.php/about/
Tar Heel reader: http://tarheelreader.org/
Chapel Hill Snippets: http://chapelhillsnippets.blogspot.com.au/
Key Word Sign: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/key-word-sign-australia/
Rocky Bay: http://www.rockybay.org.au/resources/aackit/