Nov 8, 2023 - 4:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Angela Paoli, M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Teachers, Speech Pathologists, LMHCs, Psychologist – Licensed, Psychologists – School, School Leaders, Social Workers
When thinking about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), many believe that it is only a device that provides voice output and is used only for students with no verbal speech. That is not always the case. There are many different forms of AAC, which can be used with a wide range of ages, academic skills, and disabilities.
This workshop will explore how to expand the implementation of AAC in schools for both new and experienced AAC users, and how to utilize AAC in both the classroom and related service settings. Participants will learn the speaker’s “easy” explanation of AAC based on how it can be used to promote 1. Accessibility, 2. Academics, and 3. Communication.
The presentation will provide an overview of types of AAC and strategies for programming select systems based on the student’s age, disability, and current academic/language skills. Participants will learn how to implement AAC systems, including instruction in the classroom and related service settings. Research-based methods that can be used to teach language and AAC use via a collaborative team approach will also be discussed.