Spring into AAC - One Day Conference

January 23, 2017


Come join us for a full day of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) professional development consisting of device and vocabulary selection, indirect access, activity planning, implementation, software tutorials, and make-n-takes to support students 

struggling to communicate effectively. 


EVERYONE can communicate....so spring into AAC, presume competence, 

get started, and never give up. 


The intended audience includes teachers, therapists, administrators and parents of 

students with disabilities. 

FREE REGISTRATION - There is no cost to attend this professional development. 

Seating is limited so register early. Make sure you are registering for the correct location.


SESSION REGISTRATION -  Register only for the sessions you wish to attend.  Each morning session will be repeated in the afternoon.  DO NOT REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS. 

You do not have to attend the whole day.


LUNCH - Lunch will be ON YOUR OWN. You will have 1 hour. 

Hope you will join us for a fun-filled learning experience!



9:00 am - 9:50 am or 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

AAC Implmentation

This session will focus on strategies to teach and promote the use of any Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC) system to get students to independently initiate spontaneous, novel utterances rather than simply repeating pre-stored sentences when prompted. 


Give All Students a Voice  

This session will discuss how to develop a communication system for all students to be able to express what they know. Participants will be taken through different types of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems ranging from no tech to high tech devices and how they can be integrated depending on the student, environment and task.


10:00 am - 10:50 am or 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

App Aptitude

There are a plethora of applications available for high-tech devices. However, it is daunting to choose the right one, and configuring it to fit the student. This session explores the different applications available for ios, android, PC while emphasizing the most important features and settings that facilitate student use. 


Power of Core

Vocabulary selection has a tremendous impact on whether an AAC system is successful. If the vocabulary on a board or device is not meaningful, functional, or taught to a student then most likely it will seldom be used. Vocabulary selection is a dynamic process that attempts to capture the changing experiences, interests, and knowledge of the person who uses an Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC) system. This session will discuss how to develop vocabulary and teach it in functional activities.


11:00 am - 11:50 am or 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Core Vocabulary Make-N-Take

Nearly 80% of our daily language consists of Core Words. Can you imagine spending days..months..years without effectively communicating "stop" "go" "want" "more"...etc.? Some nonverbal students never receive a systematic and dynamic form of expression using the verbiage and motor plan necessary to communicate. In this session, participants will explore the power of core vocabulary and its implementation using best practices. All will leave with a low tech core board (materials provided), strategies, and resources.


Indirect Access

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.


March 14th, 2017 

Louisiana Special Education Center

5400 Coliseum Blvd

Alexandria, LA 71303


















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