Classroom Toolbox Training

The Classroom Toolbox is a virtual toolbox of resources to help teachers provide adapted communication supports to students in their classrooms. In here you'll find the Classroom Communication Supports Checklist to help you determine what supports you already have in place, ones you have but aren't using, and ones you are interested in exploring. For every communication support, there's a learning module to explore, with photos, descriptions, components, links to comprehensive resources and curated YouTube videos. These modules will help you confidently increase the communication supports for your students!

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Building the Communication Classroom Series

  • Getting Oriented (3 lessons)​
  • Present Level of Performance: How do my students communicate? (3 lessons)​
  • Can You Hear Me Now?   Classroom Routines, Expectations & Visual Supports (7 lessons)​
  • Simple Communication Systems: Light Tech (5 lessons)​
  • Embedding Communication Into Your Classroom (5 lessons)​
  • IEP Time! Progress, Present Levels and Goals (2 lessons)​
  • AAC 101: Simple Steps for Student Communication​
  • The Core Word Classroom​

There is a wealth of information and materials for you on our website, so you may be asking yourself, "Where in the world do I start?" No worries, we've got you! This is the first stop in your training! In this unit we will be answering some primary questions to get you started!

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Starting Young: Communication in Early Intervention & the Preschool Classroom

Our specialized training hub dedicated to supporting communication success in Early Intervention in the home and our preschool classrooms

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Communication Systems Series

  • Getting Started with a New Communication System (3 lessons)​
  • Understanding Robust AAC Systems (3 lessons)​
  • AAC Feature Considerations (5 lessons)​
  • Speech Generating Devices & Applications (3 lessons) ​

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Partner Strategy Kits

  • Interaction Strategies (3 lessons)​
  • AAC Access (3 lessons)​
  • Engagement (3 lessons)​
  • Language Support Strategies (5 lessons)​

Partner Strategy Kits

AAC Partner Strategy Kits are engaging posters/handouts, descriptions and short videos explaining and modeling techniques for you to use to help your student be willing, and able to communicate using their AAC system!

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AAC Assessment Series

  • Communication Matrix:  Forms & Functions​
  • Student Communication Goals Grid​
  • Every Move Counts, Clicks & Chats: Motivators, Sensory Needs, Forms & Functions​
  • Communication Sample & Analysis​
  • Dynamic AAC Goals Grid (DAGG)​
  • AAC Evaluation Genie Training​
  • AAC Communication Skills Assessment-2​
  • Dynamic AAC Advanced Consultation FORM​
  • Team & Family Involvement

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DTA Schools Evaluation and Funding

  • DTA Schools Process Introduction​
  • DTA Schools Referral & Records Review​
  • DTA Schools Dynamic AAC Assessment & Trials Process​
  • AAC Funding Sources​
  • SGD Evaluation Report Writing​
  • Working with SGD Manufacturers
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Empowering Families: AAC At Home

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High Frequency Core Words & Messages

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AAC 101

5 steps to move from training to talking, give you a clear path for you and your student learner. Learning to communicate is a shared journey between the learner and their partners, and that makes sense! Communication is a shared activity between two people. It is the means for us to make connections, meet our needs, engage socially, participate in shared experiences, and bridge the gap between our experiences and sharing these their partners.

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DTA Schools Process Intro

Process Outline (see full printable document below!)

Referral Process:
- IEP Team determines the need for additional information on communication needs.
- Referral is submitted to the Special Education Coordinator or Director of Special Education.
- Referral is assigned to DTA Schools for review and file setup.

Assessment Process:
- DTA School Team gathers input from relevant staff and family members.
- Current Speech, Language, and Communication Skills are determined through various methods.
- AAC Skills Assessment is conducted, including trials with appropriate equipment.

Findings Review:
- DTA Team develops a Preliminary AAC Assessment Report with potential AAC solutions.
- IEP Team meets to discuss findings and decide on AAC solutions to pursue.
- The family is informed of their rights to FAPE and private funding options.

Funding Process:
- DTA Schools prepares a Speech Generating Device Evaluation Report (SGD Report) for private funding.
- The student visits a family physician for discussion and prescription.
- Consent is given for the SGD manufacturer to apply for funding from insurance/Medicaid.
- The manufacturer applies for funding, and equipment is customized.

Customization of AAC Solutions:
- Information is collected from the IEP team and family to customize AAC solutions.
- Photos of important people are gathered for inclusion in the solutions.

Delivery of AAC Solutions:
- DTA Schools delivers the AAC solutions to the classroom.
- Parents and teachers receive basic operation training, while implementation training varies by district.
- Several training options are available, including webinars and manufacturer consultations.

Implementation Planning:
- A plan of action is developed, considering system details, customization, communication goals, and strategies.
- If needed, the assessment process is revisited.

Final Thoughts:
- The AAC process is ongoing, and support and training continue throughout the student's lifetime.
- Questions and clarifications can be addressed by contacting DTA Schools.

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DTA Schools Referral & Records Review

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DTA Schools Process Intro

We are so happy to work with you on your student's AAC evaluation.  This session is an introduction to our process, how we systematically ensure that we are using a collaborative team approach to choosing an AAC solution when needed.

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DTA Schools Referral & Records Review

Let's talk about the referral process for AAC advanced consultation and assessment from DTA Schools. In this video, we'll walk you through the essential steps involved in getting the necessary information to support students' communication needs.

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DTA Schools Dynamic AAC Assessment & Trials

This assessment process is a comprehensive approach that incorporates team input, records reviews, direct assessments, and AAC skills assessment to identify appropriate communication solutions for individuals with speech, language, and communication needs. Let's take a look!

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DTA Schools Team Decision Making

The "Findings Review" process involves the DTA Team developing a Preliminary AAC Assessment Report to guide the IEP team discussion in determining suitable AAC solutions, a subsequent meeting with the IEP Team and family to discuss and decide on the desired AAC solutions, and communication of the outcome to the DTA Schools for further action.

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DTA Schools Device Funding Process

The funding process for acquiring a speech generating device (SGD) at DTA Schools is a comprehensive and collaborative endeavor aimed at providing students with the necessary tools for effective communication.

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SGD Evaluation Report Writing

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Working with SGD Manufacturers

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