Presenters: Megan Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP/L - Megan Brown is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Integrated Technology Coach. She has worked at NSSED in the Educational & Life Skills Program for 9 years, and has experience working in the Primary, Intermediate, Jr. High, and High School levels. Megan enjoys working with individuals and their families to enhance communication through the implementation of AAC.
Susan Foster, MS CCC-SLP/L - Speech-Language Pathologist and Integrated Technology Coach: Susan has worked on the Integrated Technology Team at NSSED for the past 12 years working with children and young adults who use AAC. Prior to that, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the ELS program at NSSED and has worked with children in preschool through transition age.
Intended Audience: Assistive Technology Professionals, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Occupational/Physical Therapists
Activity Description: Does your classroom, or a classroom you support, have a variety of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) tools collecting dust because you aren't quite sure how to use them with the students in your class? Do you want to establish a base of AAC tools to support the communication needs of ALL students in your classroom? Then join us for a hands-on make and take session. During the morning we will discuss the difference between classroom based and dedicated AAC tools. We will also review a variety of AAC tools and strategies to facilitate use of these tools across the day for students. During the afternoon, participants will be given time to create their own supports to use with the AAC tools in their classroom as well as create low-tech/no tech communication supports. **Participants should bring laptops with boardmaker software if available to them**
Learning Objectives: Participants will:
- 1. State the difference between classroom based AAC tools/devices and student specific/dedicated AAC tools/devices.
- 2. State 5 different AAC tools that could be included in an AAC "box" or inventory of classroom tools.
- 3. State 3 different strategies to facilitate use of classroom based AAC tools/devices.
- 4. Be able to demonstrate the ability to program a variety of AAC tools and create their own materials to support use.
PD Hours: 6.0
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (One hour lunch - on your own)
Any person with with a licence through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is required to enter their Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) when registering for this class. You can find your number by logging into the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)