AAC Developing Participation: Part 1: Getting Started
The purpose of Part 1: Getting Started is designed to help practitioners and parents answer the question, “What am I supposed to do?” Drs. Rogers and Mayne will talk to you about social interaction behaviors that a child with predominantly nonverbal communication skills uses to communicate. Then we will address communication skills and activities to support emerging communication with teachable suggestions for facilitators who gradually become the child’s communication partners. We will discuss development of beginning literacy skills, choosing vocabulary for AAC, selecting different AAC tools, trying various access methods, and finally troubleshooting AAC options for beginning AAC users.
Lesley E. Mayne
Lesley E. Mayne PhD, CCC-SLP is the professor of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at California State University, Fullerton and has been working in the public school, charter and private settings for 17 years. Lesley participates in special education trans-disciplinary diagnostic and treatment teams, lectures and writes on topics such as AAC, social skills, accommodations and modifications in the mainstream academic setting. She received a district award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2013 California Speech-Language and Hearing Association State Conference, District 7. She is the author of Let’s Talk Social Skills by Speechmark Publications (2008). She published an article titled, “Change of Scenery: Taking Clients and Treatment Plans Outdoors” (Advance, 2000, 10(35), 10-11). Her M.A. degree was completed at California State University, Fullerton in Communicative Disorders and her B.A. degree was completed at the University of Southern California in Communication.