New Recorded Webinar: Outside of the Box – Customizing AAC Apps to Meet Unique Needs – High Contrast Symbols plus free bonus content

Check out this new product on my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Outside of the Box – Customizing AAC Apps to Meet Unique Needs – High Contrast Symbols (Recorded Video Webinar): https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Customizing-AAC-Apps-to-Meet-Unique-Needs-High-Contrast-Symbols-Webinar-6914135



This recorded video webinar covers:

• 19 ways that AAC apps can be modified with an extra focus on High Contrast Symbols

• Reasons for making modifications

• Detailed info about 7 iOS AAC apps that include High Contrast Symbols or have them available via extra purchase or by editing buttons

• A comparison of High Contrast Symbols vs. using iOS Accessibility Invert Colors

• A Case Study of how the GoTalk Now Lite app was customized to be used as a stepping stone to a robust AAC option

• Learn how I edited the entire LAMP Words for Life AAC app over a six month period to use High Contrast symbols on a black background. Includes a handout with info about how to find those symbols in the app and the Settings and Pronunciation Exceptions that I used

• How this modified LAMP Words for Life Vocab file is different than using LAMP Words for Life – VI on an Accent Speech Generating Device

• How you can receive a copy of my modified files for GoTalk Now and LAMP Words for Life as optional free bonus content


Expected Learner Outcomes:

1. List at least three modifications that can be made to AAC apps

2. List a reason for using High Contrast Symbols besides CVI / Vision Impairment

3. List at least two differences between LAMP WFL – VI & LAMP WFL modified with high contrast symbols

4. Give an example of how to use one AAC app as a stepping stone towards a more robust option


Expected Takeaways:

1. Have info about symbol-based AAC apps that include High Contrast Symbols or have them available via extra purchase or by editing buttons

2. Have info about how to find High Contrast Symbols in the LAMP Words for Life app on an iPad

3. Identify at least 3 modifications to use with current patients / students on their caseload


What’s included with the purchase of this product:

Recorded Webinar Video (33:53), unlisted YouTube link provided in the Supporting Document

Supporting Document (25 page PDF): Link to unlisted YouTube video webinar, Slides Handout (2 slides per page), How to Find LAMP Words for Life High Contrast Symbols in the iPad App & a Quiz). The Slides Handout portion of the PDF is best viewed the free Xodo app or Books app on an iPad (or similar PDF reader) vs. printing it due to the black background. The free Xodo app can be used on any platform and computers. The links are out on their website: https://www.xodo.com/)


Optional Free Bonus Content (see more info below):

Vocab File for LAMP WFL FULL – High Contrast [original motor plans (NOT LAMP VI), edited to use High Contrast Symbols, added additional vocabulary]

Communication Book file for GoTalk Now – modified to be similar to LAMP WFL, High Contrast Symbols, pages for videos, toys and snacks


AAC apps featured in the slides and screencast video:

• Avaz (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/avaz-aac-lifetime-edition/id558161781)

• CoughDrop (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/coughdrop/id1021384570, linked with LessonPix https://lessonpix.com)

• GoTalk Now Plus (Attainment Company, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gotalk-now-plus/id742150885)

• Grid for iPad (Smartbox Assistive Technology, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/grid-for-ipad-vpp/id1339153708)

• LAMP Words for Life (PRC-Saltillo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lamp-words-for-life/id551215116)

• Proloquo2Go (AssistiveWare, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/proloquo2go/id308368164)

• Snap Core First AAC (Tobii Dynavox, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/snap-core-first-aac/id1257753762)

• Speak for Yourself (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speak-for-yourself/id482508198)

• TouchChat with WordPower (PRC-Saltillo, https://apps.apple.com/us/app/touchchat-hd-aac-w-wordpower/id412351574)


Info & Tech requirements for optional bonus content:

• In order to receive the free bonus content, send your 4 quiz answers along with proof of purchase of this course (screenshot from Purchases area in TPT) in a private message to my OMazing Kids Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/). I’ll reply with a Google Drive link where you can download the file for LAMP WFL & the file for GoTalk Now

• There is no guarantee that the modified AAC files will work on your iPad. These are being provided as FREE bonus content for those who complete and submit the quiz and are NOT part of the purchase of this training. Purchase of this training is for the content of the training itself and the knowledge gained about how to customize AAC apps

• These files can only be accessed on an iPad running the required minimum iOS for the LAMP Words for Life and GoTalk Now apps (preferably the most current iOS)

• That iPad needs to have plenty of free memory. The file for use in the GoTalk Now app contains 8 videos. Most AAC apps need at least 1GB of free memory to run smoothly

• Be sure to backup customized programming BEFORE attempting to install a file

• The AAC app needs to be fully installed and updated on that iPad before attempting to open the file to install it

• The GoTalk Now file can only be opened on GoTalk Now or GoTalk Now Plus (not the Lite or Starter versions)

• Occasionally edited symbols disappear when installing a file. If this happens, try downloading it again on a strong WiFi connection. You can also use my list of how to find the high contrast symbols to add it in edit mode. There are a few buttons where I used imported symbols. Those should also be in the symbol library. If you need additional help after trying these, feel free to send me a message on my OMazing Kids Facebook page


See the product description on TPT for more info and Terms of Use.


Have questions? The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

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Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Comparing Five All-Purpose Articulation Apps for SLPs in 2021

Here’s an updated comparison of five all-purpose articulation apps:

  • Articulation Station Pro
  • ArtikPix Full
  • Speech Tutor Pro
  • Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro
  • Articulate It! Pro

My recommendations have changed quite a bit recently due to glitches not being fixed in one app and two apps not being updated. This raises a red flag as to whether or not they will continue to work as new iOS versions are released.

Only two of these apps are still highly recommended: Articulation Station Pro & ArtikPix Full

Two are now designated as “purchase with caution” (Speech Tutor Pro & Webber Photo Artic Castle Pro) and one is no longer recommended for purchase (Articulate It! Pro).

I sent messages to all three app developers to ask about plans to update their app. As of the time of this blog post none of them have replied. All three of those companies have a subscription-based site so it’s likely that they are focusing on that now vs. maintaining existing apps.


See this updated interactive chart for the details: https://bit.ly/3fmCBXG


Note: The PDF is not formatted to be printed. It is best viewed in the free Xodo app or Books app.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Anxiety and Autism: Helpful Tools

Unfortunately anxiety is common with Autism. It’s the main reason that I went through training for kids yoga and mindfulness. I needed tools as an SLP to be able to help my patients learn self regulation and self affirmation skills.

Here are several helpful tools:

Two Amazing “Must Have” Books for Teaching Kids Self-Regulation Skills: https://bit.ly/2T36tiR.


Calming Kit Visual Support and Calming Corner: https://bit.ly/3wkjVgE


Visual Supports with Voice Output for the “Win”! – Incredible 5 Point Scale and the GoTalk Now app: https://bit.ly/3v3eq5M


Fingertip Sphere Breathing for Self Regulation & Calming: https://bit.ly/3bHXLNC


Owl & Star plush characters from Super Simple Learning + free printable affirmation coloring pages: https://bit.ly/3fykyfZ. Any stuffed animal or doll can be used with belly breathing. See this video: https://youtu.be/cx9vMHnjpbA


Five Count Breathing Stars visual support: https://bit.ly/2RCD8eT


Smell the Icing – Blow out the Candle visual support: https://bit.ly/2SfCjbD


Several great apps in this resource guide: https://bit.ly/UltimateAppDigitalResourceGuideSLP


And handouts from a training “Therapeutic Yoga For Kids and Teens with Autism” that I did at the Oklahoma Autism Conference in 2011: https://bit.ly/3402Hci


I’ll update this post to add additional resources as I create or find them.


Disclaimer: Anxiety is very real and can be severe. Please seek the care of an appropriate mental health professional as needed. Any tools shared here may not work for everyone. They are shared as examples and may need to be customized to meet individual needs.


The best way to reach me with any questions is via private messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way important messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Giveaway: AAC Feature Matching Chart (enter by 11:59pm CDT on 5/16/21, 3 winners)

I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month and the launch of my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Update: This giveaway is CLOSED. Congratulations to the giveaway winners! I ended up doing 4 instead of 3. The info was sent to each of them in a private message:

• Nikki Stempien – sent via Facebook messaging

• Holly Suszek – sent via Facebook messaging

• Caroline Madsen – sent via Facebook messaging

• Kimberly Hurley – sent via Instagram messaging

The prize:

  • A copy of the most current version of the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps (5/13/21, a PDF file, only available in English). Note: The giveaway is NOT for a download from my TPT store or for a Ko-fi subscription. It is for access to a link to where you’ll be able to download the PDF from the secret files area on my blog.
  • You can see a preview video of it on my YouTube channel:


Who can enter:

  • Speech Language Pathologists (also known as Speech Language Therapists). SLPs / SLTs outside of the USA are also welcome to enter just be aware that the prize is only available in English. This giveaway is limited to those professionals since it is Better Hearing and Speech Month and they are the ones who primarily do these types of evaluations.

How to Enter:

  • Send a private message to my OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. If you are not on Facebook, you can submit your entry via a private message to me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/ or Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad. Include a brief description of your role in AAC evaluations and supporting AAC users. Be sure to adjust your social media settings to allow me to reply to your message since that’s how I will be contacting winners.
  • WordPress no longer offers the option for e-mail entry forms on the free blog platform so that’s not an option for this giveaway.

Entry Deadline: 11:59pm CDT on Sunday, 5/16/21

3 winners will be selected and announced within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway. They will each receive a message with a link to where the PDF can be downloaded.


Terms of Use for Winners:

• You may not copy any part of the PDF document (including the content, layout, format, ideas or design) and reproduce it or distribute it as your own work. Please do not copy/paste this info onto other blogs or save this PDF in any online groups or files. You can refer colleagues to my TPT store if they would like to purchase a copy: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


Questions? The best way to reach me is via private messaging on my OMazing Kids Facebook page but I will also be checking messages on Instagram and Twitter during this giveaway.


Disclaimers:

  • I assume no liability for app purchases and am not making patient-specific recommendations.
  • This giveaway is not affiliated with TPT, any social media sites or any AAC app developers.

This document was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond.


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Updated AAC Feature Matching Chart (5/13/21)

*** See this new post for the most current info & a major update: https://omazingkidsllc.com/2021/07/20/feature-matching-chart-for-the-top-11-robust-ios-symbol-based-aac-apps/ ***

Here’s a summary of what’s new in this update for the Feature Matching Chart for the Top 10 iOS Symbol-Based AAC Apps:

• GoTalk Now: 5/11/21, version 5.0.6, updated Export PDF to offer multiple ways to save and share. Online Gallery temporarily closed for renovation. They did not indicate how long it will be closed.

• Grid for iPad: 5/4/21, version 3.0.64.1, update fixed bugs

• Snap Core First: Support of iOS 10 for Snap Core First software ended on May 12th, 2021.  See their post for more info: https://t.e2ma.net/click/btn9ye/3qw8flb/rl4pey

The updated version has been uploaded to my Ko-fi site.


This chart is now also available as a 1x purchase on my Teachers Pay Teachers store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Feature-Matching-Chart-for-the-Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-6867853


This document was the sole idea and creation of Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, OMazing Kids AAC Consulting, OMazing Kids, LLC, all rights reserved. © 2021 and beyond.


The best way to reach me with any questions is via private messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way AAC related messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com

Teachers Pay Teachers Store Launch: 100 Great Kids Picture Books to Target Core Vocabulary for AAC Users

I just launched my OMazing Kids AAC Consulting store on Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT).

My first product is a freebie. In order to access it you’ll need to be logged in to TPT. If you don’t have an account, it’s free to sign up. (Updated 5/14/21: The freebie on my TPT store has been changed. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Get-Access-to-the-Top-10-iOS-Symbol-Based-AAC-Apps-TPT-Freebie-6869004 (this is the permanent freebie on my TPT Store)


Then head over to my store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting. Be sure to click “Follow” on my store to get notifications when new items are added and updates are made.


After that be sure to get this item: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/100-Great-Kids-Picture-Books-to-Target-Core-Vocabulary-for-AAC-Users-6836821


The best way to reach me with any questions is via messaging on the OMazing Kids Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/. That way AAC related messages don’t get lost among the spam in my e-mail


Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC OMazing Kids AAC Consulting

Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Omazing-Kids-Aac-Consulting

Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/omazingkidsaac

Personal Professional Facebook Page (linked to OMazing Kids): https://www.facebook.com/angela.moorad (adding “friends” who have a direct role in AAC or Assistive Technology – AAC / AT app or product developers, AAC / AT consultants, SLPs who specialize in AAC, other professionals who specialize in AAC or AT, etc.)

OMazing Kids Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OMazingKidsAAC/

AppPeeps Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OMazingKidsAppPeeps/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omazingkidsaac/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/amoorad

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/OMazingKids/

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/amoorad1

Blog: http://omazingkidsllc.com