Getting to Know Speak for Yourself- 60 minutes

Speak for Yourself is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that is helping thousands of individuals with complex communication needs have a voice. Children as young as 11 months and adults pursuing a college degree are using it to successfully meet the communication needs in their lives. Learn about the evidence-based research and experience-based features that make Speak for Yourself complex enough to be functional for a range of AAC users and simple enough to be supported by parents and professionals.

Getting to Know Speak for Yourself Handout

Heidi LoStracco

Heidi LoStracco

MS, CCC-SLP

Heidi LoStracco, MS, CCC-SLP holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Temple University, a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from LaSalle University, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification, and a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Speech-Language Pathology license.

For the last 10 years, Mrs. LoStracco has focused on augmentative and alternative communication for students who have complex communication needs (CCN). She is one of the creators of the Speak for Yourself AAC app and has a vast knowledge base in regard to communication devices, AAC apps and implementation in the school setting. She continues to work daily with students and young adults who have CCN and use AAC to communicate.

Beginner

AAC | SGDs | Apps

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Communication Devices in an Inclusive Classroom – 60 minutes

This webinar looks the use of single and multiple message communication devices and how they can be used as an integral part of the school day. We’ll examine vocabulary, motivation and share ideas and examples that you can use in your classrooms the very next day.

Ian Bean

Ian Bean

Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer

Ian Bean, former teacher and ICT coordinator at Priory Woods School, Inclusive Technology's Consultancy and Training Manager now Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer specialising in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Getting the Most From Your Switches AWAY From The Computer- 60 minutes

This webinar looks at the development and generalization of switching skills away from the computer. We examine the role of switch controlled toys, lighting and other electrical equipment and single message and step-by-step communication devices in the teaching of switching skills.

Ian Bean

Ian Bean

Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer

Ian Bean, former teacher and ICT coordinator at Priory Woods School, Inclusive Technology's Consultancy and Training Manager now Independent Special Needs ICT consultant and trainer specialising in the use of ICT and assistive technology to support learners of all ages with severe and complex additional needs.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Funding SGDs for Students in Transition and “Can I Fund Their iPad?” The Answer Is… – 60 minutes

Students and young adults transitioning out from under the special education umbrella face a daunting array of funding and service delivery challenges. Critical issues for transition-aged students using SGDs include how to continue to use, support, and legally own their SGD in the future. Aggressive planning long before transition helps predict evolving needs for communication at work, supported living environments, college, social settings, and a variety of other environments. No person should be left without an SGD or settle for an inferior system as they go out into the world as an adult. This webinar highlights strategies for SGD transition planning, identifying mechanisms for funding SGDs during transition, and includes a candid description of what constitutes a fundable SGD.

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

PhD, CCC/SLP

Prior to his role as Director of SGD Services at AbleNet, Chris worked in a variety of clinical and research settings as a private practitioner, assistive technology specialist, researcher, industry representative and policy level consultant. His research interests are rooted in AAC user efficiency, communication partner supports, and alternative access methods for people who are functionally locked-in. Most recently, Chris has been a private practitioner specializing in AAC evaluations and implementation and working on projects supporting financial independence for people with disabilities.

Beginner

Funding | SGDs | AAC | iPad

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Language, Learning and Literacy for AAC Users

Still looking for strategies to motivate your AAC users to participate in group situations, to be engaged in learning opportunities and to have more influence over their environments? Discover creative activities and a variety of technologies to utilize in meeting the language, learning and literacy needs of many different individuals with diverse modes of communication.

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush

MA, CCC-SLP, CPM

Libby is an SLP in Private Practice with specialties in augmentative communication, assistive technology and emergent literacy. She was Director of Speech, Language and Hearing Services at a residential facility for individuals with developmental disabilities for 28 years. Her 43 years of experience includes providing communication services in public schools and 2 facilities for persons with cognitive delays as well as functioning as a special education classroom teacher and resource teacher. She received the Award of Excellence from NCATP. Past president of the NC Augmentative Communication Association, she additionally functioned as newsletter editor, program chair and as a member of the membership and long range planning committees and received The Honors of the Association. She has provided numerous national and international workshops, presentations, institutes and distance learning video conferences and has published in state, national and international publications.

Beginner

AAC | SGDs | Technology

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Jump Start Interactive Communication for AAC Users

Are you challenged with getting your students to use their AAC systems effectively? Are you constantly searching for ideas that will lead them to learning the power and joys of communication? Let’s explore activities, strategies and technology to support learning, practicing and using communication that is interactive, generative and functional.

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush

MA, CCC-SLP, CPM

Libby is an SLP in Private Practice with specialties in augmentative communication, assistive technology and emergent literacy. She was Director of Speech, Language and Hearing Services at a residential facility for individuals with developmental disabilities for 28 years. Her 43 years of experience includes providing communication services in public schools and 2 facilities for persons with cognitive delays as well as functioning as a special education classroom teacher and resource teacher. She received the Award of Excellence from NCATP. Past president of the NC Augmentative Communication Association, she additionally functioned as newsletter editor, program chair and as a member of the membership and long range planning committees and received The Honors of the Association. She has provided numerous national and international workshops, presentations, institutes and distance learning video conferences and has published in state, national and international publications.

Beginner

AAC | SGDs | Communication

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Unleash the Power of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Your AAC users are not talking with their peers, use few communicative functions and are unmotivated to communicate. What can be done to nourish functional, generative communication? This course will address using a variety of technologies and strategies to stimulate use of meaningful and appropriate communication.

Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush

MA, CCC-SLP, CPM

Libby is an SLP in Private Practice with specialties in augmentative communication, assistive technology and emergent literacy. She was Director of Speech, Language and Hearing Services at a residential facility for individuals with developmental disabilities for 28 years. Her 43 years of experience includes providing communication services in public schools and 2 facilities for persons with cognitive delays as well as functioning as a special education classroom teacher and resource teacher. She received the Award of Excellence from NCATP. Past president of the NC Augmentative Communication Association, she additionally functioned as newsletter editor, program chair and as a member of the membership and long range planning committees and received The Honors of the Association. She has provided numerous national and international workshops, presentations, institutes and distance learning video conferences and has published in state, national and international publications.

Beginner

AAC | SGDs | Communication

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Social Media and Connectivity in AAC

This webinar will discuss the available social media options in current AAC apps. It will explore the benefits and challenges of the current integration of mainstream social media in specialist AAC apps on the iPad. The presentation will also explore how apps in this field are catering to everyday communication functions such as email, SMS, and Skype.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

SGDs | AAC | Apps

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Assistive Technology Mounting

This webinar will address mounting speech generating devices to wheelchairs. A variety of commercially available product options will be presented, including “off label” use of products and custom solutions. We will focus on mounting speech generating devices and tablets.

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

Beginner

SGDs | AAC | Mounting

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A Multi-Purpose App: Creating Resources Using Scene & Heard

An overview of the iOS app Scene & Heard covering the features and how to create your own scenes. The webinar will cover a range of ideas on how to use Scene & Heard to create resources from social stories, visual timetables, classroom materials, chat books, life stories, reminiscence tools and task prompting aids. There will be time to discuss ideas between attendees and the option to share scenes. Attendees may wish to download the lite version – Scene & Heard Lite prior to the webinar.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

iOS | App | AAC | SGDs

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