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AAC Course Descriptions

All courses listed here will be pre-recorded and available for the duration of convention.

"AAC and Literacy" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Patrick Brune, MS, CCC-SLP

Description:  Research has proven that communication, language, and literacy skills develop in concert with one another. However, when it comes to individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), it is often thought that they need to develop a certain level of skill in communication with their AAC system before they can benefit from literacy instruction. This workshop will outline why that statement is false, and review steps to getting started in providing literacy instruction for your AAC user. 
-Describe the literacy and language connection
-Describe the role symbols play in literacy
-List 2 emergent literacy strategies that support individuals who use AAC

"Tobii Dynavox Distance Learning Tools for Education and Communication Success" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Patrick Brune, MS, CCC-SLP
Within this presentation we will provide a case study where education instructors and speech language pathologists virtually support the education and AAC needs of their students.  This presentation will be run from the point of view of the instructor and demonstrate how to utilize Boardmaker tools and implement the new integrated Boardmaker Player in Snap Core First for distance learning and therapy.  This workshop will cover how to utilize Boardmaker tools and implement the new integrated Boardmaker Player in Snap Core First for distance learning and therapy.
-Learners will identify 3 low tech solutions to use for virtual teaching and therapy support
-Identify 3 mid to high tech solutions for virtual teaching and therapy intervention
-Identify 2 applications for improved communication participation through the use of the Boadmaker player in Snap Core First

"Snap Core First Communication Page Sets for Symbolic and Literate Users" (120 minutes - 2 hours)
Patrick Brune, MS, CCC-SLP
Within this presentation, participants will explore the various page sets offered within the Snap Communication Software; supporting both symbolic and literate communicators. We will review the communication supports and structure  of the Core First, Scanning, Text, and Aphasia Page Sets. Within this session we will review Tobii Dynavox implementation supports provided free for all communicators.
-Identify 3 page set options within the Snap Communication Software
-State 3 communication tools within the Snap Core First Page Set
-Identify 3 communication tools within the Snap Aphasia Page Set

"Who Wants to Be America’s Top Modeler?" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)
Kim Heine, MS, CCC-SLP/Morgan Mayfield, MA, CCC-SLP
Description:  This presentation will discuss the importance of modeling on a child’s SGD throughout the day in a variety of activities.  Participants will understand the importance of following a prompt hierarchy to elicit the spontaneous use of target vocabulary for a variety of communicative functions.  Screening tools deigned to identify communication partners’ strengths and weaknesses as they interact with the child and his device will be shared.   Sample goals for improving the communication partner’s interaction skills will be provided.  Participants will view video tapes of parents and teachers interacting with children using SGDs and identify communication partner strategies that promote language growth.
-Define modeling and state at least one benefit of modeling
Give an example of a communication partner strategy that encourages communication
-Establish communication partner goals for each team member

"Speech Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis: Using LAMP Principles to Find Common Ground" (60 minutes - 1 hour)
Lydia Mackay, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA
  Speech Language Pathologists and Behavior Analysts frequently share clients who experience significant communication challenges. Although there has been some successful interdisciplinary collaboration, conflict can arise due to overlapping roles, different theoretical perspectives, and differing terminology. This one hour course will highlight barriers, misconceptions and commonalities between the two disciplines. The components of LAMP can be a good fit for both SLPs and BCBAs as they work to improve communication and language skills. Participants will learn how the neurological and motor planning principles of the LAMP approach can complement ABA principles. Speech Language Pathologists can use this information to move toward an interdisciplinary approach. Collaboration tools will be reviewed, and resources from the fields of Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech-Language Pathology will be provided.
dentify at least 2 barriers/misconceptions and two commonalities with respect to collaboration between SLPs and BCBAs
Identify how at least 3 components of the LAMP approach would complement a Behavior Analytic approach to increasing communication and language skills
Describe one tool that could be used to begin or enhance collaboration between SLPs and BCBAs

"Nuts and Bolts of AAC Evaluations" (90 minutes - 1 1/2 hours)*
Kathleen A. Smith, MA, CCC-SLP

Description: This class will provide an overview of AAC evaluations for a variety of populations.
-Identify 3 different distinct AAC populations
-Describe the key components for an AAC evaluation
-Compare access methods for AAC devices
*Also listed under ADULT course description

Sessions may be listed in multiple places if of interest to multiple disciplines. Additional sessions that cover all disciplines (such as Ethics) are listed on the All-Access Courses Page. Please refer to that page for additional CE opportunities.

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