December 11, 2019, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

I Have A Device, Now What?

There is often a lot of emphasis placed on the AAC evaluation and everything leading up to obtaining a device and not enough thought about what’s next. In this presentation, session participants will get ideas, tools, and strategies for treatment plans, fostering independent device users, and for participating in school literacy and curriculum goals.

Learning objectives:
  • Investigate and dispel AAC myths involving AAC treatment
  • Identify and Investigate at least 3 helpful treatment strategies
  • Identify at least 3 ways to use AAC beyond requesting

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Rachell Johnson

Rachell Johnson

M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Rachell Johnson has a Bachelor’s (BA) in Speech Pathology from Columbia College, Columbia, SC and a Masters in Communication Disorders (MCD) from the University Of South Carolina School Of Public Health.

Rachell has 14 years of experience in the field of speech language pathology and has worked as an expert with assistive technology since 2011. I served as the Pediatric and Adult Neuro AAC Specialist for an outpatient rehabilitation center then transitioned to working with AT and ALS patients with the MN/ND/SD Chapter of the ALS Association's Herbek Sing AT Program as well as a consultant for the MN Technology for Home Grant. This led me to become the AT Program Manager of the DC/MD/VA Chapter of ALS Association and working as an AT Team Lead for a school district. I enjoy teaching, and I have presented at Closing the Gap, a national AT conference, 6 times from 2013-2018 as well as at a host of other AT symposiums and webinars. Working with eye-gaze users of all ages is just one of my interests and specialty areas under the umbrella of AT.

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January 14, 2020, 02:00 pm CST - 60-minutes

Get Your Motor Running

As public educators, acting as the cartographers of skill acquisition can be a grueling endeavor. Many of the students whom we serve are faced with significant physical, emotional, medical, and cognitive challenges. When navigating the path towards the final destination, the concept of motor planning cannot be ignored. In fact, plotting the course to include motor planning and possibly neuro-motor re-education as part of the itinerary may make your journey more effective and productive. Join us as we examine tips to develop, recognize, and fine tune motor planning to help your students gain access to their environments. The concepts of motor planning and neuromuscular re-education will be examined along with their importance on developing points of utilization for individuals to increase access to communication, environmental controls, and mobility.

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Nicole Wingate

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Nicole Wingate

M.A. CCC-SLP

Nicole is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's of science degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and a master's in speech-language pathology. She has worked in a school setting for 18 years. She is passionate about optimizing her students' communication abilities so that they may become competent communicators. Nicole has co-presented at PATINS, Indiana Principal's Association, Indiana AAC Summit, OCALICON and AAC in the Cloud. Nicole has had guest posts on the AAC Language Lab and PrAACtical AAC.

Angela Sheets

Angela Sheets

Interventions Teacher

Angela is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in special education. She has taught elementary intense interventions for 18 years. She is passionate about designing access for all students to meet their greatest potential. She is also a parent of a child who has cerebral palsy, who is an assistive tech user. Angela has co-presented at PATINS, Indiana Principal's Association, Indiana AAC Summit, and AAC in the Cloud. In addition, she has served two years on the ISTAR Content Review Panel and has had guest posts on the AAC Language Lab and PrAACtical AAC.

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