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Reply To: High Tech AAC training – working with young autistic children?

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Bryony Rust
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Really glad we’re talking more about this in the UK. I’m also aiming to develop my practice in this area, with the young kids I work with. Like Polly, I’ve completed the Authentic AAC course; content-heavy… Definitely a useful starting point. I’d like more practical guidance on which app and which AAC system to work with. I’ve tried TD Snap and Grid (but I don’t think Smartbox software is Mac-friendly), maybe should attempt Proloquo?

I can see there being a lot of benefits to digital AAC, which I don’t feel I’ve tapped into sufficiently. For some kids, they seem amazed and motivated by getting the immediate auditory feedback, which paper-based AAC doesn’t provide. And, in many ways digital AAC seems a lower barrier to entry than the enormous amounts of printing and laminating required to provide a robust AAC system for a child, particularly at initial trial stage. I’ve also worked with a child who loved to explore and repeat particular words over and over on his device when he was by himself, giving him a level of repeated input modelling that no human possibly could!

Does anyone have thoughts on using the PODD system on a digital device? I haven’t attended PODD training, but it feels like the potential next step.

Thanks so much for the link, Lauren; will check it out.

I also like this short clip from The AAC Coach for parents: https://youtu.be/OZ9_gxgEkMs