Talking With Tech AAC Podcast
By Rachel Madel, Lucas Steuber, and Chris Bugaj
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How do people with complex communication needs learn to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? Join speech-language pathologists (SLPs) Rachel, Lucas, and Chris as they answer your questions, discuss relevant research and give you updates on the latest and greatest developments in the field of AAC! Interviews with industry thought-leaders, clinicians, parents, researchers, users, and app developers help you stay up-to-date on the latest devices and apps, best practices for device selection and implementation, ideas for working with communication partners, and more!
||CleanLive from ASHA Ep. 2: Jenna Rayburn Kirk, Marlene Cummings & Matt Hott||The TWT team is excited to bring you more interviews from ASHA - this week from Jenna Rayburn Kirk of Speech Room News, Marlene Cummings, and Matt Hott of the SpeechScience Podcast! Before the interviews, you won’t want to miss Rachel and Chris’s di||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive from ASHA - Jill Senner & Matt Baud and Meredith Poore Harold of The Informed SLP||This week, the TWT team presents three live interviews from ASHA with Jill Senner & Matt Baud, Meredith Poore Harold of The Informed SLP, and TWT listener Ashley! Before the interviews, Rachel and Chris talk about all the great things that happened d||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanErin Sheldon: Effective AAC Strategies for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment||This week, the TWT team interviews Erin Sheldon, literacy and language development specialist for AssistiveWare and school inclusion consultant! Erin shares from her experiences working with visually-impaired AAC users, both professionally and as the p||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdrienne: Using Sign Language & AAC to Support Language||This week, TWT interviews Adrienne of “Learn with Adrienne”, an SLP who specializes in early intervention. Through online videos, she has taught thousands of people how to use sign language to support a child’s language development. She and Rach||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJenna Rayburn Kirk: Founder of Speech Room News & Popular TPT Contributor||This week, TWT interviews Jenna Rayburn Kirk, the ultra-creative school-based SLP, blogger, and TPT contributor! Jenna shares about how she got started creating resources, the kinds of AAC resources and materials that she thinks are effective, and how s||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDana Nieder: Presuming Potential for High-Tech AAC||This week, TWT interviews Dana Nieder about her journey as an advocate, writer, AAC specialist, speech-language pathologist, and AAC mom! Dana shares about how she always presumed her daughter’s potential, why she shared about her experiences on blogs||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoundtable: Writing Effective IEPs and Goals for Students Who Use AAC||Join the TWT team this week for a roundtable discussion about writing Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals for students with complex communication needs (CCN). Topics discussed in this roundtable include: Why augmentative and alternative communicat||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLindsey Paden Cargill: Using Communication Partner Meet-Ups to Improve AAC Modeling Skills||The TWT team is joined this week by Lindsey Paden Cargill, a speech-language pathologist and AAC specialist who works at Bridgeway Academy in Columbus, Ohio! Lindsey is the creator of the Chatterbox Challenge, an event that seeks to improve the modeling||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRebecca Moles: How AAC Can Help Prevent Abuse and Neglect||This week, the Talking with Tech team is joined by Dr. Rebecca Moles, a pediatrician who specializes in child abuse, to discuss how we can recognize and prevent the abuse and neglect of people with complex communication needs (CCN). Before the intervi||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Should I Start an AAC Business?" & Other Listener Questions||This week, the TWT team answers questions from our listeners! They address the following questions: I’ve thought about starting an AAC consulting business, but I doubt at times that I have enough experience. What should I do? What do you think abou||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJulie Freed: How to Identify Key Tools for Dynamic Assessment with the APT||Talking with Tech is joined this week by Julie Freed, an SLP and school-based AAC specialist who helped create the AAC Planning Tool (APT)! Before the interview, Rachel and Chris discuss two communication assessments, the Continuum of Language Expressio||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEleanor Francis: Creating a Video Modeling “TV Show” and Other Insights from Australia||The Talking with Tech team is joined this week by speech-language pathologist and AAC specialist Eleanor Francis to talk about AAC in Australia, literacy, video modeling, and more! Before the interview, Rachel and Chris mark the beginning of the school||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTraci Peplinski: Funding Options for AAC||This week, the Talking with Tech team discusses how to obtain funding for alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices with speech-language pathologist and nonprofit founder, Traci Peplinski! Before the interview, Lucas, Rachel, and Chris ch||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJill Senner & Matt Baud: Teaching Communication Partners to Model Effectively||This week, Talking with Tech is joined by Dr. Jill Senner and Matt Baud! Jill and Matt are AAC experts who promote an evidence-based, systematic method for coaching communication partners how to implement AAC through partner-augmented input (PAI). Befor||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBetsy Furler: Running a Successful Private Practice||Talking with Tech is joined this week by Speech-Language Pathologist, Author, AAC Specialist, and CEO of Communication Circles, Betsy Furler! Before the interview, Rachel and Chris engage in a discussion of several “back to school” topics, including||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarrie Baughcum: Using Drawing to Teach Language||Talking with Tech is joined this week by Carrie Baughcum, a special education teacher who teaches language and literacy using a form of drawing called “sketchnoting”! Before the interview, Chris and Rachel discuss how to make drawing a language-ri||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicole Wingate & Angie Sheets: Using Videos to Teach Core Vocabulary||This week, Chris interviews Nicole Wingate and Angie Sheets! Nicole is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Angie is an Intensive Intervention Specialist who created a series of online videos teaching high-frequency, versatile vocabulary words (i.e., core||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbara Fernandes: CEO of SmartyEars, Developer, and “GeekSLP” Blogger||Rachel and Lucas discuss entrepreneurship and app development with Barbara Fernandes, CEO of SmartyEars, a company that has created over 60 apps for speech, language, and communication! Before the interview, Lucas and Rachel have a lively conversation a||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStacey Landberg: Should we Limit Screen Time for Young AAC Users?||This week, Lucas and Rachel discuss their experiences with screen time and ways that they have tried to make screen time more meaningful for clients. Rachel and Lucas also discuss situations when they have disagreed with a family member about how to pro||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCalum Hartley: Why Do Some Children Have Difficulty Understanding Pictures?||Rachel, Lucas, and Chris are joined this week by Dr. Calum Hartley, Professor of Psychology at Lancaster University. Dr. Hartley’s research focuses on why some young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex communication needs may hav||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTabi Jones-Wohleber: Supporting Communication Partners in the Classroom||In this episode, Rachel, Lucas, and Chris first discuss the work/life balance for SLPs, including the integration of social media into our professional lives and the need for balancing career growth vs. personal time when pursuing work-related interes||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachael Langley: AAC Specialist, Educator, and Conference Co-Founder||In this week’s episode, Rachel, Lucas, and Chris are joined by Rachael Langley, AAC specialist, educator, and co-founder of the #TalkingAAC Conference. Rachael Langley is also a well known resource for AAC information on Facebook (@RachaelLangleyAAC)||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarole Zangari: AAC Educator and Co-Founder of Praactical AAC||Rachel, Lucas, and Chris are joined this week by the amazing Carole Zangari! Dr. Zangari, co-founder of the Praactical AAC website and professor of speech-language pathology at Nova Southeastern University, shares some of her ideas about improv||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSusan Berkowitz: How can we Support AAC in the Summer?||Rachel, Lucas, Chris, are joined by SLP, author, and AAC consultant Susan Berkowitz for a discussion of how to help AAC users maintain their communication skills during the summer months (and any other break from school). Topics include: What is||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGideon Grossman: Inventor of Noisybands||This week Rachel, Lucas, and Chris talk about their upcoming presentations on autism, AAC, education, and, yes, escape rooms at AAC in the Cloud and the Assistive Technology Industry Association. Then, Rachel and Lucas sit down with Gideon Grossman, eng||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEric Sanders: How do we Support Reading and Writing Skills with AAC?||This week, Rachel, Lucas, and Chris are joined by Dr. Eric Sanders for a roundtable discussion of how we can help augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users develop reading and writing (i.e., literacy) skills. Topics addressed include: Sho||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Klein: Why Does Motor Planning Matter in AAC?||This week, Rachel, Lucas, and Chris discuss the implications of motor planning in instruction and use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, including: Why motor planning is important, when to start considering a child’s motor plan, and practi||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScott Badesch, CEO of the Autism Society of America||This week Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America, sits down with Lucas to talk about the most urgent needs of those on the Autism spectrum, what the ASA's strategic plan is for the coming year, the critical state of the health||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoundtable: When Should We Start Using AAC?||This week Rachel leads the team in a discussion of AAC for emergent communicators, focusing on early intervention through school-age children. Topics covered include the influence of AAC use on speech and language development, family and peer training||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEllen Winchester & Andrea Gardner: Building On Demand and Interactive Supports for Communication Partners, Students, and the Community||This week the team discusses community accomodations for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, focusing on specific opportunities that already exist and ideas for more sensory-friendly events as well as community-based communication opportunities. The||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAAC Agreements: Universal Principles for AAC Intervention||Join Chris, Rachel and Lucas this week for a discussion of universal principles in AAC intervention - in other words, what do we all agree on, and why? Then Chris sits down with Shaun Pearson and Chris Chichoskikelly to talk about the "AAC Agreements,"||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoundtable: Modeling||After many requests to cover modeling in more detail, for the second time ever Talking With Tech is interview-free this week so that we can take a deep dive into the who, what, where, when, and why of modeling in Augmentative/Alternative Communication.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWPS: Assessment Considerations for AAC and Assessment Authorship||This week members of the team from Western Psychological Services (WPS), creators of the Arizona, CASL, and more, join Rachel and Lucas to talk about assessment authorship and the assessment process generally. Meanwhile, Chris, Rachel, and Lucas discu||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEva Sweeney: Consultant for ABC's Speechless, Author, Activist, AAC User||In this episode Eva Sweeney, filmmaker and consultant for ABC's Speechless - as well as author, activist, AAC user, and overall dynamo - talks with Rachel and Lucas about her AAC device, the importance of aides (and giving them breaks), her work as an a||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeanna Fox: Professional Development and AAC in Australia||In this week's show Chris sits down with Leanna Fox, a Speech-Language Pathologist based out of Sydney who works as a consultant with Liberator, the Australian arm of the Prentke Romich Company, as well as other settings. The discuss international work||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVicki Clarke: Tips on Making Clinical Decisions in AAC Assessment||In this episode Vicki Clarke of Dynamic Therapy Associates and @AACchicks joins us to share advice and talk through clinical considerations related to AAC assessment and selection of a communication system. Meanwhile, Lucas and Rachel discuss the ethica||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLauren Enders: AAC Implementation and Consultation in the Schools||In this episode the incomparable Lauren Enders, SLP and AAC specialist, joins Talking With Tech's Lucas Steuber and Chris Bugaj to talk practical tips for implementation and consultation in the schools. Meanwhile, Lucas and Rachel discuss some of the re||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Barlet: Making Video Games Accessible to All||In this episode Rachel Madel and Chris Bugaj (and later just Chris) take over the episode to talk about accessible gaming! We welcome Mark Barlet of AbleGamers to talk about their work in making recreation available to everyone. Like what we do at Talki||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJayne Clare: Criterion to Determine the Best Educational Apps||Jayne Clare, a thirty-year veteran teacher in special education, has been a leader in introducing educational technology into the classroom. She is co-founder of TeachersWithApps, a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch;" Leader Advancing Educ||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoundtable: Core Words||In a small departure from form, the gang - Rachel, Chris, and Lucas - decided that they had so much to say about core words (especially after speaking to Jane Odom last week) that an interview wasn't even necessary. Let us know what you think about thi||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJane Odom: Resources and Strategies for Successful AAC Instruction||This week Rachel and Lucas are joined by the brilliant Jane Odom, director of PRC's LanguageLab! The conversation covers the importance of presuming competence, incorporating user interests and age-relevant material in AAC, PRC's LanguageLab and Realize||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Chaja: Using Augmented Reality to Teach Social Skills||In this episode Talking with Tech's Rachel Madel interviews Kevin Chaja of Color Black's Moment AR app to discuss brand new app that helps children with autism learn social skills. Also discussed: Clinical applications for augmented reality and the futu||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanErin Compton: Adopting Two Children with Cerebral Palsy and Getting Started With AAC||Erin Compton is a mom to 13 children who blogs about family life, adoption, special needs and AAC learning. As a homeschool instructor she has over 20 years of experience working with young language learners. Through the recent adoption of two sons with||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanErek Engar: A Specific Language System First Approach to AAC||It's time for what might be our most controversial show yet! If you have an opinion - for or against - please comment below or email at us at email@example.com and we'll be happy to address your concerns next episode! Problem:School districts are f||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKathy Howery and the Lived Experience of Speaking Through a Device||Kathy Howery joins Chris Bugaj to discuss her research on the lived experience of AAC users. Afterward, the team comes back together to talk about the importance of human identity - and humor - in language use. Thanks for listening! As always, contact u||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaren Owens of We Speak PODD||Karen Owens of We Speak PODD joins Rachel Madel for a conversation about parenting children with complex communication disorders. Meanwhile, the group discusses the nature of parents' relationships with both the schools and broader therapeutic systems a||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlex Pavtoulov and Ofir Harel of Olà Mundo: Their app Socky, Social Reciprocity in AAC, and Building Engaging Tools for ASD||Alex Pavtoulov and Ofir Harel of Olà Mundo join Rachel and Lucas to talk about Socky, a symbol-based two-way communication system for children with Autism as well as their parents and circle of support. The group also discusses social reciprocity in AS||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Gibbons: Smartbox & the Evolution of the AAC Industry||In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber, Rachel Madel, and the long-list Chris Bugaj sit down and discuss international development in AAC before welcoming Chris Gibbons of SmartBox to the show. Chris shares beautifully about his many years of||12/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Ladd of Smartstones on Carly Fleischmann, the Night of Too Many Stars, and Brain-Computer Interfaces||In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel sit down with Tom Ladd of SmartStones and :prose and talk about everything from gesture-based communication to brain-computer interfaces (BCI) for augmentative communication. Plus we get||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPearson's Q Interactive Team: The Past, Present, and Future of Tablet-Based Assessment||In this episode Talking with Tech's Lucas Steuber and Rachel Madel sit down with Pearson's Dustin Wahlstrom, James Henke, and Kristen Getz to talk about their Q-Interactive tablet-based assessment platform, the impact of the format change (if any) on||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks for the encouragement!
I teach students with complex communication needs in a district where there's minimal support for AAC. It can feel like a discouraging uphill battle at times, but listening to this podcast always gets me excited about what's possible for my students and gives me a little boost of energy to keep trying. I just recommended it to the SLP I work with as well.
My one (super minor and not actually content-related) complaint is that the audio (Chris's voice in particular) can be a bit soft, so I can't listen when driving on the highway - if it's possible to adjust this at all I would be so happy!
I listen to your podcast on my commute to work! I have been an SLP for a long time but am fairly new to AAC. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and bringing other AAC professionals to your podcast. Your podcast has helped me to step out of my comfort zone and gain confidence in my abilities. I have learned so much on my drive to work!
One of my favorites!
I recently started traveling for a new position. I look forward to seeing new episodes of Talking with Tech pop up in my app. I love the multiple perspectives of therapists in different settings. And I love the discussion of all aspects of AAC. Thanks for bringing such important convos to the forefront!!