Today in the clinic, I have been busy putting some AAC printouts around the space, and creating some core word tables to give communication partners ideas as to what core vocabulary could be used within a specific activity.  Along with this, I posted one of my favorite AAC graphics.  It's a good reminder that we need to teach our kids how to communicate, and minimize the testing.  Thank you to Carole Zangari of Praacticalaac.org for creating and sharing this wonderful visual!

 

AAC: More Teaching, Less Testing

 

 


Tanya Keller

Meet Tanya, our pediatric speech language pathologist and AAC specialist. Tanya moved from Boston to San Diego. She earned her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston, in Communication Disorders in 2004 and a second master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, in 2012. Tanya has provided speech and language services for children who have complex communication needs, using low and/or high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with varying diagnoses. Tanya has been mentored by experts in Rett Syndrome and complex communication needs. She is PODD trained and attends the yearly assistive technology conferences. She has experience using a variety of AAC devices and working with alternative access, including eye gaze and switch use. In her free time, Tanya enjoys exploring San Diego, going to the beach and spending time with her dog.

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