ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation – 60 minutes

There are a large variety of Alphabet books to cover many interest areas and age ranges. A wide diversity of students can relate to them, create custom ones, sing them, sign them, and repeat them over and over again. ABC books connect literacy to communication. These books can provide a prompt for a lesson, an opportunity for a child to read to themselves, or an engaged time for a parent to read with their child. Alphabet books can be rich in language and are prolific; you can be using more ABCs in your AAC! ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation Handout

Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population – 60 minutes

Several myths about using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with the birth-five population have been dispelled through research in the field of speech pathology. Early introduction of AAC has shown a positive impact on verbal speech, successful communication, and overall independence.

Learning objectives are as follows:
1. Attendees will briefly define AAC and some of its key components, as well as highlight the basic differences/give examples of a high tech/low tech AAC system.
2. Attendees will be able to dispel three “myths” about introducing an AAC system with birth-to-five children with language impairments and explain the benefits of introducing such a system as early on as possible.
3. Attendees will understand the concept of “Aided Language Input” and be able to explain its importance to a child’s development of language with an alternative communication system.
Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population - Handout Early AACtion: Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication with the Birth to Five Population - Additional Handout

Meghan Reitz

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Meghan Reitz

M. Ed., CCC-SLP

Meghan Reitz is an SLP working at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for four years. She received her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Virginia in 2012. She has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population, which continues to grow through her work at Children’s Hospital’s outpatient, long term care unit and assistive technology center. She has been a member of the AT team since 2013 and has assisted in AT Recipes for Success mini-grant program and planning two CHoR AT Symposiums to provide education and collaboration for community therapists. She has presented at several regional, state, and nation-wide conferences on the topic of AAC and caregiver training. She completes evaluations and family trainings for children and adults who require augmentative and alternative communication to communicate. She also enjoys working with a very diverse population and has created several caregiver handouts in Spanish to assist with carryover of device implementation at home. She values the importance of training and providing education to caregivers in order to empower families to target communication at home and anywhere on-the-go.

Cary Hastings

Cary Hastings

M. Ed., CCC-SLP

Cary Hastings received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 2008 and earned her M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from The University of Virginia in 2012. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for four years, serving the birth to 21 population who present with a range of diagnoses and communication disorders. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) usage and serves on the Assistive Technology Core team, providing transdisciplinary AAC evaluations, patient and caregiver training, and ongoing treatment in this area. She coordinates the hospital’s grant-funded ‘Ready, Set, Read’ program which provides books and therapy materials to patients to help families carryover therapy targets at home. Other areas of professional interest include working with children with pragmatic language needs and providing parent coaching for early language stimulation. When she is not working with children, she enjoys running, live music, and being outside with her husband and their yellow lab, Bedford.

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 3 – 60 minutes

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 3: Will cover a variety of tools, apps, and alternative solutions to support and enhance expressive language and communication skills. Different and accessible ways for all students to express knowledge and understanding will be explored and presented to attendees.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 3 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 2 – 60 minutes

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 2: The use of video to build receptive language and comprehension and how to incorporate video into lessons, reading-to-learn activities, and presentations.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 2 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction – Session 1 – 60 minutes

In this three-part webinar, we will explore a wide range of tools, apps, and software applications that can be used by learners and teachers in a variety of educational projects and classroom activities.

Video is an instructional tool that can support learning in unique and powerful ways. It has the ability to engage viewers more than other traditional types of instructional materials. If 'an image is worth a thousand words,' the use of moving images and sounds in a video can bring content to life and offer students a more concrete and realistic type of learning experience.
Teachers can use video to build comprehension skills, provide feedback to students, show experiments or procedures, give mini-lectures, stimulate critical thinking, or take virtual field trips. The use of video in the classroom supports different learning styles in addition to providing many opportunities for discovery, discussion, and problem solving.
Students use mobile devices on a daily basis. Thanks to modern technology, every mobile device from tablets to cell phones to Chromebooks, include high quality cameras that are able to record high quality video. By encouraging our learners to use everyday technology for academic purposes, we help them discover new and creative uses of mobile devices and teach them many fundamental skills such as research, collaboration, organization, planning, and time management.
Session 1: Video tools that are needed to record, capture, download, enhance, edit, add captions and animation on different platforms and devices.
Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction - Session 1 Handout

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Classroom Activity Center Overview – 15 minutes

Have you heard about the Classroom Activity Center and the supplemental math and language arts learning opportunities for your students? In this short webinar we will cover what the Classroom Activity Center is, what type of supplemental math and language arts content is in it, and how to use the cloud-based software.

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