2019

SPRING INTO AAC

DATES

AbbevilleMarch 22, 2019

Vermilion Parish School Board

Media Center

220 S Jefferson St,

Abbeville, LA 70510

RustonApril 3, 2019

Louisiana Tech University

Wyly Tower

1310 West Railroad Avenue

Ruston, LA 71270

New OrleansApril 12, 2019

UNO: Bicentennial Education Center  2000 Lakeshore Dr,

New Orleans, LA 70148

SESSIONS FOR ALL LOCATIONS

COMMUNICATIVE INTENT

Tammy Dupre,  AT Coordinator - Central/South Central AT Centers            

Do you have students who grab your arm, point, grunt, scream, push, bite to communicate? In this session we will explore strategies and techniques to help identify communicative intent. We will create a communication dictionary, script and role play communication responses to student behavior.  These tools will allow teams to create consistent communication modeling to support language development. 

DEVELOPING A TACTILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Sharon Edwards,  AT Facilitator - South River AT Center

Kristie Stapler,  AT Facilitator - South River AT Center

All students, regardless of their individual abilities should be allowed to communicate their wants and needs. Tactile symbols are tools for teaching important communication and functional literacy skills to students with visual impairments or blindness. In this presentation we will explore a range tools that will support the communication need of these students.

ENGINEERING THE ENVIRONMENT TO FACILITATE LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Sharon Edwards,  AT Facilitator - South River AT Center

                             

To often our students struggle with communication which in turn will affect their language development. Setting up your early childhood classroom with visual supports will help teachers model language that will promote receptive and expressive communication so that ALL students will be able to interact and express what they know.

GO! WITH CORE VOCABULARY

Jodi Burr, AT Facilitator:  Northwest AT Center 

Theresa Robinson, AT Facilitator:  Northwest AT Center

Buckle up and GO! with us to the starting line as we GO! into the basics of core vocabulary. In this session we will GO! into the beginner level conceptual understanding of what core vocabulary is, GO! over programs and resources, and GO! through model instructional practices. Participants will GO! with a make-and-take activity ready to GO!

INDIRECT ACCESS

Justin Sims, AT Facilitator:  Central AT Center 

Students manifesting both physical and communicative challenges require unique and specific device implementation to communicate effectively.  This session will demonstrate tools available for this demographic, and the strategies necessary to develop independent communication. 

PROJECT CORE

Patty Lagron, AT Facilitator:  South Central AT Center 

Kristine Taylor, AT Facilitator:  Central AT Center

Project Core is a FREE comprehensive implementation program that empowers teachers and staff to provide communication instruction throughout the day. It offers FREE training, tools and resources needed to help staff become good communication partners. This FREE program builds on ALL forms of communication, emphasizes evidence-based teaching practices and uses a core vocabulary approach called Universal Core. Oh, did we mention that the entire program is FREE!!

ROCKING OUT AAC

Justin Sims, AT Facilitator:  Central AT Center 

Listening to music and reading books are fundamental activities for all children at school and at home. This session will demonstrate how popular music and traditional literature are used in creative ways to teach core vocabulary on AAC devices.

sCORE WITH CORE

Kristie Sheffield, AT Facilitator:  Northeast AT Center

Terri Belknap, AT Facilitator:  Northeast AT Center

Providing effective partner augmented input is a challenge. This session will cover core word modeling techniques and strategies. We will use interactive games to practice modeling core using core boards and devices. Participants are encouraged to bring devices or their favorite core board to use during the sessions if possible.

SETT up ACC in the IEP

Sharon Edwards,  AT Facilitator - South River AT Center

Kristie Sheffield, AT Facilitator:  Northeast AT Center

Terri Belknap, AT Facilitator:  Northeast AT Center

The SETT Framework is a process for making decisions about assistive technology supports for students. Come join us to see how you can use the SETT principles to determine the appropriate AAC tools, collect data and write IEP goals.

SOLUTIONS ARE COMING!

Justin Sims, AT Facilitator:  Central AT Center 

There are several pitfalls and issues that can arrive at any time when implementing AAC. During this session, participants will explore frequent challenges and their corresponding solutions to maintain device use at home and school. Solutions will be both device and action based.

USING VISUAL STRATEGIES WITH AAC USERS

Josh Miller, AT Facilitator:  Southeast AT Center 

Melva Pania-Stephens, AT Facilitator:  Southeast AT Center 

Participants will be exposed to visual strategies to support students who are nonverbal in communicating and making choices. Topics covered include: choice boards, communication boards, other types of visual supports and engineering the environment for leaners who are nonverbal.

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