Teen with autism discussing his best friend on AAC
Finally friend language! Kreed's never had a best friend before so it is heart warming to hear him talk about Skyler!...
Beginning AAC with teen with autism
Five years ago Kreed had finally gotten a robust communication system from Tobii-Dynavox. This was one of our first outings with it and he was quickly requesting everything he wanted at Five Guys! Communication everywhere! What better place to practi......
Teen with autism using his words on AAC instead of meltdown
Please note: Kreed passed away May 2016Found this video of our boy using Tobii Dynavox Compass telling me he wants pizza ha. But instead I remind him what we are going to do and he’s cool with that. If we did not have a device this would have been so......
Teen with autism using AAC to discuss his anger
Kreed had a fifteen second rage that ended rather quickly. So I asked him why! Here's his answer ha....
Teen with autism on life support waking with AAC
Kreed was on life support and had difficulty waking up but hearing his device and his voice helped to wake him!...
Teen with autism talks about having autism with AAC
Kreed has spoken about having autism on a few occasions. Amazing he has found his voice. I could not be prouder....
Teen with autism AAC conversation with family
I loved watching their chats. Kreed's sister in law Ashley would always come and talk to Kreed on his device. It's so awesome when others take the time to have conversations with our kids rather than just ignoring them- which happens often when they......
Teen with autism communicating with AAC device
Kreed has been increasing his sentence length and clarifying his words! Another new skills for him! I love when he takes some steps forward!!...
Teen with autism: Social Awareness with AAC
Using AAC to teach social awareness. This is also what I mean by COOPERATION and not compliance. Not just Kreed put on your clothes. But let's talk about it- why you need clothes. It's a discussion and an agreement. Not blind obedience with no opinio......
Teen with autism using AAC through anger
Arguments with Kreed! Without his device- Dynavox Compass- this would have resulted in biting, hitting, head banging, bolting etc. Instead it's just a conversation between two people and a resolution to the issue....
Teen with autism learn a pain language on AAC
How do we teach Kreed pain language? We always make use of actual moments of pain that we know exist- Kreed has had a flare up of his heart condition (POTS) and it causes him extreme pain in his legs and he will lay for hours. He came into the kitche......
Teen with autism using AAC to comment
Loved hearing everything he had to say....
Teen with Dravet and Autism commenting with AAC
He thought it was hysterical to say “I’m annoyed.” Every person deserves a chance to communicate!...
Teen with autism using AAC for Conversation
Kreed passed away on May 12, 2016. We are uploading old previously unseen videos. Here we are using Dynavox Compass to discuss going to bed...
Teen with autism using AAC in hospital
When Kreed was just off life support, we knew he was still "there" because he immediately began communicating again. Imagine if he couldn't!...
Teen with Autism using AAC to argue
An older video of Kreed using his device to argue with us in 2014. I miss these arguments with him....
Teen with autism works through frustration with AAC
This video can be hard for some to watch. And this is why I'm a proponent for parent empowerment because you aren't going to have a therapist at your house at 11:30pm at night. Kreed got confused for some reason and while his body language was asking......
Teen with Dravet and Autism commenting with AAC
Communication isn’t just about telling people what you want, but also commenting! We are using a reading curriculum here called Reading Avenue from Boardmaker. It’s already been helping Jaxs with his reading super well, and one of my favorite feature......