ableU ASHA Approved Professional Development | AbleNet, Inc.

Getting Started: Funding A Speech Device with AbleNet

Available October 11, 2022 – October 11, 2023 | 38 minutes | 0.05 ASHA CEUs

Our goal is to ensure every SLP has the tools and support they need to help an individual obtain a high tech speech device using their medical insurance. Join us for a short webinar to learn how to simplify speech device funding by using resources and tools available to you to maximize your success and get speech devices into your students and clients hands as quickly as possible.

Cost: Free
Presenter: Samantha Kalkowski​, M.S. CCC-SLP
Level: Introductory

Build Capacity in AAC Implementation Across Environments by Shifting Mindsets

Available November 7, 2022 – November 7, 2027 | 60 minutes | 0.1 ASHA CEUs

The need to build capacity while supporting students with complex communication needs is critical. SLP’s and AAC teams need to deepen and expand their knowledge base in AAC implementation. Having the knowledge in the hands of one “expert” is not a sustainable model of support for AAC. To ensure a larger impact, we must move to a model that builds capacity. What tools and strategies can we use to shift the current “expert” mindset? Examples of how multiple district level teams embraced a capacity building model supported by a county level AAC team will be shared. Participants will be encouraged to consider their current state and determine what shifts can be made toward a capacity building model.

Cost: Free
Presenter: Marlene Cummings​, M.A., CCC-SLP - AAC Consultant
Level: Intermediate

AAC and Transition: Life Starts at Twenty-One

Available November 7, 2022 – November 7, 2027 | 61 minutes | 0.1 ASHA CEUs

This presentation discusses critical elements for a successful transition to adulthood. Does the AAC device transition with the student or is it owned by the school district? Do school age teams consider vocabulary selection for adult roles and relationships?

We need to consider the goals of the individual. AAC users participate in a variety of adult contexts from college to the workplace. Planning needs to start well before the age of twenty-one.

Cost: Free
Presenter: Kathryn Helland​, Speech pathologist and AAC specialist
Level: Intermediate

Incorporating Comprehensive Literacy Instruction into AAC Intervention

Available November 17, 2022 – November 17, 2027 | 85 minutes | 0.1 ASHA CEUs

The purpose of this session is to provide attendees with the background knowledge necessary for understanding the different types of literacy instruction models that are utilized and which may be the most appropriate for our students and clients. Students and clients with complex communication needs are often viewed as being incapable of learning and engaging in emergent literacy activities, however, this is a common misconception. This session will discuss how Speech Language Pathologists can select appropriate activities and materials that can be easily incorporated into AAC intervention to support emergent literacy skills. Participants who attend will have the opportunity to view previously recorded literacy-based activities being incorporated during speech and language therapy sessions. Participants will also leave with a digital resource containing downloadable and printable materials to immediately begin using with their clients/students.

Cost: Free
Presenter: Kristin Ellis​, Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative & Alternative Communication Specialist
Level: Intermediate

Implementing the Use of AAC in the Classroom and School

Available December 15, 2022 – December 15, 2027 | 60 minutes | 0.1 ASHA CEUs

Do you feel like your teachers are struggling to implement your techniques and strategies in the classroom? This training is for you! You will learn how to better serve and teach your classroom teachers and other general/special education teachers throughout your school to implement and use AAC in their classrooms. Through the implementation of AAC in the classroom setting, children have access to communication through a first-then board, picture communication system, speech-generating device, and more. We will explore the different options, when to develop/use them, and how to incorporate these tools into the educational setting and curriculum.

Cost: Free
Presenter: Kaitlin Brown SLPD, CCC-SLP
Level: Intermediate

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