Presenter: 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 10 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, Parents, Occupational/Physical Therapists
Description: Before a typically developing child utters their first word, they have been exposed to approximately 2,400 hours of language from those around them. However, a child who uses AAC will probably have limited examples of how to communicate using their specific methods (e.g., voice output device, communication book, etc). In fact, it would take 23 years for a student who receives 120 minutes per week of speech therapy to have the same level of input. Therefore, daily communication partners of students who use AAC have a critical role in successful device implantation. In this session, we will identify strategies that communication partners can use throughout the day to have a positive impact on their student’s device use and language.
Learning Objectives: Participants will:
- State reasons why communication partners are vital for successful device use
- State possible barriers that would interfere with a communication partner’s ability to successfully implement a device
- Identify at least 5 strategies to improve a student’s use of their device
- Identify at least 3 strategies you can use with your student to improve their device use
PD Hours: 3.0
Registration/Coffee: 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Session: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
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)