Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication (TAALC)
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- 1 Welcome to the Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication (TAALC)
- 2 Purpose and Goals of the Project
- 3 What's Going On in the TAALC
- 4 Video and Presentations
- 5 Forms
- 6 Resources
- 7 FAQs
Welcome to the Teaching Age-Appropriate Academic Learning via Communication (TAALC)
TAALC is a KY State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) based on federal grants to states departments of education.
Purpose and Goals of the Project
This particular SPDG is a Low Incidence Initiative designed to improve communication and educational services to students with the most significant disabilities in KY public schools. We will show educators that:
- With the innovations in technology, communication for students with significant disabilities is achievable.
- Students should enter Kindergarten with an adequate communication system which grows with the students.
- NO student should leave school without a communication system in place.
- Students must have viable communication systems in order to access curriculum and participate in assessment systems, academic curriculum, social interactions, and post-school outcomes.
What's Going On in the TAALC
Video and Presentations
The TAALC Modules and Webinars below have been created by the Low Incidence Initiative-Teaching Academic Age-appropriate Learning via Communication (TAALC) program. The underlying premise of TAALC is all students can and do communicate, and TAALC presentations are designed to provide training and experience in identifying communicative competence for students with complex communication needs. The Listen UP series of modules was created to equip school teams and families with the skills needed to increase a student’s communicative competence.
Listen Up Series
|1||Listen Up! Introduction||https://vimeo.com/78758698||listenupintro|
|2||Listen Up! Identifying Communication Part 1||https://vimeo.com/78758699||listenup|
|3||Listen Up! Identifying Communication Part 2||https://vimeo.com/78816277||OutputPart2|
|4||Listen Up! AAC||https://vimeo.com/78758700||ListenUPAAC|
|5||Listen Up! Factors Impacting Communication||https://vimeo.com/85861682||Factors|
|6||Listen Up! Strategies for Building Communication||https://vimeo.com/82031467||Listen Up6|
TAALC CoP Modules
|7||7 Deadly Sins||https://vimeo.com/113955268||ListenUP|
|8||Friends, Family, & Favorites||https://vimeo.com/116910398||ListenUP|
TAALC 2016 Winter Webinars
|1||Peer Supports for Communication||https://vimeo.com/188980003||Not required|
|2||Core Vocabulary||https://vimeo.com/189929488||Not required|
|3||Using Visual Scene Displays for AAC||https://vimeo.com/190865894||Not required|
TAALC Tuesday Series
|1||Pokemon Go!||https://vimeo.com/188024670||Not required|
|2||Aided Language Modeling Using Core Vocabulary||https://vimeo.com/194876014||Not required|
|3||Read My Smile: Multi-Modal Communication||https://vimeo.com/195638539||Not required|
|4||Touch It: Tactile Symbols and Device Enhancements for Vision Support||https://vimeo.com/199899161||Not required|
|5||Finding the Hours in the Day: Integrating Related Services||https://vimeo.com/206579685||Not required|
|6||Communication Leadership Teams||https://vimeo.com/208503435||Not required|
|7||Peer Supports: The Communication Superheroes||https://vimeo.com/213897578||Not required|
*Protocols for using the modules:
- Modules may be viewed individually online.
- Modules may be streamed online as part of Professional Development training.
- Modules may not be downloaded, taken apart, or modified in anyway.
If you have any questions about the modules or problems accessing the modules, please email the TAALC helpdesk. If you have any questions about the TAALC project, please email the Low Incidence Coordinator in your Regional Coop or the the TAALC helpdesk.
TAALC Communication Strategies
Q: Who can I contact for help with an individual student’s communication or if I want to start a district team?
Q: Who are the members on your team?
- Jacqui Kearns, Ed.D, Human Development Institute, U of KY
- Jane Kleinert, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation Sciences/Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, U of KY
- Judith Page, Ph.D., Department of Rehabilitation Sciences/Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, U of KY
- Lou-Ann Land, MS, Human Development Institute, U of KY
Q: How did you create your team? How did you derive your idea?
Q: What is provided from this project?
- Direct training to KY school districts in best practice communication programming for students with the most significant disabilities
- Distance coaching to the district teams for targeted students in need to communication intervention
- Development and training of district level teams to take over the above initiatives
- Development of on-line training modules on quality communication interventions to be accessed by school teams state-wide
- Development of state-wide "chats" for further training for teams after accessing the communication modules.
Q: What are the long term vision and specific aims of your research?
- Work with over 31 district teams that include 5-6 professionals and parents in each team (approximately 160+ individuals)
- District level trainings
- Individualized coaching calls to districts
- 100% of targeted students have begun to use some form of AAC.
- Participants report high satisfaction with the process and two other U.S. states have adopted the TAALC model for their use.
- Development of 3 training modules to go online in the near future, with at least 4 more to follow
- Extensive library of student video examples for training
- Extensive library of example adapted curriculum items for students with complex communication needs
- Loaning of multiple simple electronic devices for use in the district before schools actually purchase AAC equipment
- Receipt of a University of Kentucky Commonwealth Collaborative grant for additional support of the project
- Extensive state and national presentations of the project
- Award of a new 5 year SPDG grant for the continuation of the TAALC project
Q: What challenges or Tips from the Field/Laboratory could you suggest to faculty and students?
Electronic means make collaboration easier but collaboration is built on relationships. Such relationships are built on respect for the participants in the training project, respect for the targeted students and their families, and respect for the interprofessional partners involved in the initiative. Collaborators must be willing to release some of their personal professional preferences or procedures and be open to various approaches and points of view.Following state and federal funding streams is important in securing grants to support collaborative work.
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