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Tele-AAC Case Studies:

Working With What You've Got

Module 5: Display and Equipment Work Arounds 

Critical thinking questions and prompts for this module are:

  • Describe the benefits of using different device types with a video conferencing software.

  • Explain how you could combine different devices within one video conference meeting.

  • List three work-arounds for limited access to equipment.

In Module 5, Nerissa and Hillary will demonstrate some of the equipment work-arounds to display needed materials in a virtual environment. The differences in video conferencing across various devices will be shown and compared. They will go through the different equipment scenarios (i.e., "what if I only have access to this and not that?"). They will demonstrate how one can accomplish the same or similar presentations on different platforms, as well as demonstrate how to combine different platforms given the strengths or weaknesses of different tools. 

When using your phone:

  • If sharing a photo, app, or video that works in landscape view, turn your phone to landscape view as its display will appear slightly larger.

View point on a phone: (again landscape modes provides larger visuals)

Viewpoint on an iPad

When an individual does not have their communication system at home, the clinician can:

  1. support access using device emulator software with shared mouse control;

  2. share a language board on their screen to model language and send the same language board home to the family to print, through the mail, or to view on a device while the communication partner provides the auditory feedback; 

  3. share their screen to project through Air Play (on Mac systems), to use as doc camera of a language board, or on a device to show their hand for modeling; 

  4. share her screen to project through airplay an AAC application.

When the communication partner’s access to technology is only a telephone:

  1. The clinician can support video conferencing, but should be aware that the screen will be small to view (a combination of asynchronous video recording and sharing may better support visual access of materials, and mailing language boards or other materials may also be recommended if there is no printer available).  

  2. Remember to try to use landscape to make images larger for viewing.

  3. The communication partner can SHARE CONTENT and then select their camera to show the clinician the individual’s AAC system to practice navigation or troubleshoot. 

When the communication partner’s access to technology is only a tablet:

  1. The clinician can support tele-AAC sessions through video conferencing (as a reminder this is best when in landscape mode for viewing a shared screen). 

  2. This option supports less visual distraction on the screen as the video conferencing software takes up the whole screen. You can use guided access to keep individuals in the application if they will not need to share content from their end (just make sure volume controls are allowed in guided access). 

Now go to the final unit of this course, Module 6….

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