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Using AAC in the Classroom: Strategies for Implementing Devices and Becoming Strong Communication Partners

March 1, 2019 12:30 pm
March 1, 2019 3:30 pm
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Lindsay Kiraly/ Amanda Beranek
Ext: 2270
NSSED Training Center- Arbor Academy Building
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776 Red Oak Lane, Highland Park, IL, United States, 60035

Presenters: Teresa Sanderson is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a member of NSSED's Integrated Technology Support Team. Since 1998, she has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, K-12 students, and individuals in transition programs while serving as a school-based speech-language pathologist. She has also served as an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultant prior to working with NSSED. Teresa is passionate about exploring current and new technologies to improve communication and accessibility for individuals, their families, and school teams.

Sarah Spigelman is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a member of NSSED's Integrated Technology Team. This is her second year with NSSED. She received a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she completed a six-month rotation as a student intern in Boston Children's Hospital's Augmentative Communication Program. Sarah is passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and best supporting the needs of AAC users.

Intended Audience: Assistive Technology Professionals, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, School Psychologist/Social Workers, Occupational/Physical Therapists

Activity Description: Has your student recently completed an AAC device trial but you aren't exactly sure how to incorporate it throughout the day? Do you have a student that has had a device for awhile that they don't seem to use as much as they could? Supporting a student using AAC can be an overwhelming task, but with careful consideration and planning, device implementation doesn't have to be so daunting. In this session we will review the goals of AAC, identify strategies that make strong communication partners, and provide participants with helpful tools and strategies to successfully integrate AAC into a student's day.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • 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
  • Identify and complete an implementation plan format that may work for students

PD Hours: 3.0
Registration: 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
Session: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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)

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