All Aboard – 60-minutes

Educators from Bluffton Harrison Elementary School will present their AAC journey including experimentation, education, assessment, and growth. Presenters will demonstrate creative methods to increase AAC use across multiple settings with a variety of ages, levels of cognitive performance, and physical needs. Along the journey, participants will examine data collection procedures to help guide instruction. Additionally, presenters will demonstrate methods to educate and encourage non-AAC instructors to become vested participants. This is a timely piece because educators now have access to advanced technology that can aide in the enhancement of communication options for a variety of students. Empowering teachers, families and peers to take the plunge is eminent to meeting student communication needs on a daily basis. Since implementing multiple forms of AAC, it soon became evident that we needed to increase AAC knowledge in our school and community. In addition to our willing participants, we also encountered some participants who were less than eager to take part in the AAC experience. We will present instructional strategies to target the eager and reluctant participants. This presentation will give specific strategies to encourage families, paraprofessionals, therapists, community members, and typical students to jump on board to assist with modeling, prompting, and instructing. All Aboard Handout

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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