Friday, October 11, 2019

AAC Resources

Hey Tek-ninjas! I know in past blogs I have talked about the various and many resources available for AAC screenings and interventions, but recently I offered a webinar to a group of school-based professionals that I thought I would share here as well.

These tools could be useful for anyone working with individuals utilizing AAC systems. Regardless of what software or product you’re working with, if you are addressing core language you will find useful tools here.  Ultimately, in order to access these resources you will need to have a free account at myTobiiDynavox.com, and a free professional account. In this blog article here I share with you how to make that professional account.

I hope you enjoy the webinar, and feel free to email or comment with questions.

Happy therapy!



Thursday, October 3, 2019

Discounts and continued growth...




Hey Tek-Ninja’s! So here’s some exciting news... In honor of AAC Awareness Month, Tobii-Dynavox is going to be offering 15% off Snap + Core First and Communicator 5.  Considering that Snap + Core First is already $200 to $250 less expensive than any of the other comparable AAC offerings in the App Store, this is pretty cool.

This will be an ONLINE ONLY sale and will run from October 7 through October 31st.

Customers can purchase through the iTunes store, the Windows
store, myTobiiDynavox.com, or TD.com (for Communicator).

Tobii Dynavox has always been committed to growing and improving their software offerings. This is evident in the steady addition of languages and data tracking tools for Snap + Core First over the last year and a half. Similarly, they've recently added a lot of new features to Communicator 5 like:

  • New Windows Access page sets: Windows Mouse Horizontal and Windows Mouse Vertical
  • Phrase prediction update that includes all phrases that contain the text in the message window, not only phrases that start with it
  • Windows Access now available for eye tracking users with Switch activation method

Look for a deeper examination of these new features in coming blogs.

Happy Therapy!



Thursday, September 5, 2019

AAC...the more you know...

Hey Tek-ninjas! Let's talk about learning opportunities to support your AAC users.

One of the biggest barriers often talked about from individuals implementing AAC is that they are unsure where to start. Tobii Dynavox's Pathways for Core First is a free companion app that is ideal for any communication partner seeking expert guidance and best practices to get started using symbol-based AAC. The company made this software to support folks using Snap + Core First, but the reality is, there are some really tremendous tools here that can support ALL AAC users who are using a Core approach. Pathways provides videos, lesson plans, interactive goals and a suite of printable materials to help you each step of the way. Download the free app or use Pathways Online (available in English, German, Spanish, or Dutch) to help you get started or take you to the next level.

Back in July I blogged about the new Learning Hub from Tobii Dynavox. Well. They've got some updates for September! These are free Tobii Dynavox on-demand trainings that enable learners to also earn ASHA CEUs.

The new courses include:
Make it for Math in Boardmaker Online - Starts 9/13/19
Sharing Activities in Boardmaker Online - Starts 9/13/19
Boardmaker Picture Symbols: When & How to Use Them - Starts 9/15/19
Journey into Eye Gaze for Communication - Starts 9/30/19

Register for Courses

In addition, you can attend Live Webinars in September.

9/10/19 - 10:30 AM ET: Back to School with Snap Core First - Topics/Customization

9/10/19 - 5:30 PM ET: Boardmaker Ask Us Anything

9/11/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

9/18/19 - 12 PM ET: Back to School with Snap Core First - Positive Behavior Supports

9/18/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

9/18/19 - 4:00 PM ET: Introduction to Reading Avenue

9/24/19 - 5:30 PM ET: Boardmaker Ask Us Anything

9/25/19 - 12 PM ET: AAC Ask Us Anything

So... let's get to learning friends!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Modeling...

Hey Tek-ninjas! Summer is winding down, even though it was 100 degrees yesterday. As we get ready for school all over the US, I thought I’d share this quote from SLP Jane Korston. Many of you have likely seen it, but I feel it’s a good reminder of the importance of modeling, modeling, and more modeling.

“The average 18-month-old child has been exposed to 4,380 hours of oral language at the rate of 8 hours/day from birth. A child who has a communication system and receives speech/language therapy two times per week for 20-30 minute sessions will reach this same amount of language exposure in 84 years.”


We’ve got a lot of work to do!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

More learning opportunities with Tobii Dynavox

Hey Tek-ninjas! Here are a number of terrific learning opportunities, which also include ASHA CEU's. I blogged about the Tobii Dynavox Learning Hub awhile back. Well, here are a variety of free Tobii Dynavox on-demand trainings that enable learners to also earn ASHA CEUs.

The current courses include:


Tobii Dynavox will be adding new courses regularly so keep checking back. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Hey New Yorkers! Get your learn’n on!

Hey Tek-ninjas! If you are up in New York, here’s an opportunity for you to get your learn’n on! My colleague, and fellow Tobii-Dynavox Solutions Consultant, Susan Scheer Trumble is coordinating these, and they will be terrific!

Specifically, you SLP and ATP colleagues - here are some great local trainings for you. ASHA CEUs are available! You must register online - spots are limited!



August 21st in Pittsford, NY:

Conducting an AAC Assessment

Communication Supports- Adult-Symbol Based Communicator (only the 4:15 session has available spots)

August 22nd in Baldwinsville, NY:
Communicating with Core Vocabulary in Snap + Core First

Communication Supports- Adult-Symbol Based Communicator

Register today here.

Happy therapy!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bank that Voice Friends!

Hey Tek-Ninjas! So, recently I had the chance to show some colleagues how well Message Banking works. It is really a pretty amazing tool for folks who are wanting to capture their voice, or that of a loved one and use that voice in their speech generating device.

I was aware that banked messages can than be downloaded and installed into Communicator 5 software, and grouped into categories. What I did not know was that users can also import their banked messages with categories into Grid 3 as well. This was brought to my attention by Chicago Tobii-Dynavox Solutions Consultant, McKenzie Mok.

Boston's Children Hospital (BCH) teamed up with Tobii Dynavox to create this free tool. For clarification, BCH defines "Message Banking as: Digitally recording and storing words, phrases, sentences, personally meaningful sounds using one’s natural voice, inflection and intonation. These messages are catalogued as .wav files and may then be linked to messages in a variety of augmentative communication technologies or sound storage files. This will allow you to ‘retrieve’ a message and speak it in your own voice but does not allow you to create novel messages by spelling."

Message Banking can be performed with a free mytobiidynavox account, the Message Banking service is also free.

It is easy to record your voice, and categorize the phrases as you deem appropriate. I did not make this video, it was made by the SLP John Costello of BCH, and I think it demonstrates the process really well.
 So the next steps are to upload the web files into your communication software. In the following video I demonstrate how to do this in both Communicator 5 and Grid 3. 


Happy Therapy!