Wednesday May 13, 2020

Carson Covey: AAC User and Future SLP

This week, the TWT team presents Chris’s interview with Carson Covey, social media manager & AAC mentor at Jill Tullman & Associates, ambassador with PRC, and AAC user! Carson shares about changing his AAC system to TouchChat; the importance of having his circle of support use his device; updating AAC devices when sheltering at home; and going to school to become an SLP!


Before the interview, Chris and Rachel play AAC Bingo & score themselves on AAC in their lives, including advocating modeling, using low tech AAC, valuing motor planning, and using AAC memes.


Key ideas this week:


🔑 Having an AAC user’s 1:1 aide know and use the device can be a huge help when navigating the school environment inside and outside of class. Having the family know the device is similarly helpful at home.


🔑 It is important to avoid helping AAC users too much - we must give them the time and opportunity to communicate before jumping in to help.


🔑 AAC users should trust in themselves, and trust their technology!


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