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.

Sharon M. Rogers

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Sharon M. Rogers

Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sharon Rogers, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has recently retired as adjunct faculty in Communicative Disorders at California State University Fullerton, where she taught the seminar and practicum in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She served as assistant professor in special education at Claremont Graduate University. As a speech language pathologist in public schools in California and Kentucky, she found her real passion was in assessing and developing communication of children with complex communication needs. She continues as a consultant with students as they participate using AAC. She published an article “Two Perspectives on Technology for Children with Special Needs” that included viewpoints of both parents and SLPs. Her writing with Mary Poplin has appeared in the Learning Disabilities Quarterly. She is a presenter at CSHA and the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conferences in the United States, Ireland, Denmark and Spain.

Lesley E. Mayne

Lesley E. Mayne

Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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.

Beginner/Intermediate

AAC | SGDs | Literacy | Vocabulary

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Advancing Communication and Choice-Making Skills Aided with Technology

Children with significant cognitive and communication challenges may not readily initiate communication and may typically use non-verbal forms of communication to express their thoughts and needs. In this session, you will learn how to: 1) Provide structured communication opportunities during literacy and daily routine activities to initiate and engage in communication with the aid of assistive technology devices and technology Apps; and 2) Use communication as the bridge to literacy learning.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

Beginner

Literacy | AAC | Apps

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Adapting Early and Emergent Literacy Activities and Materials to Assess and Provide Intervention For Children With Complex Communication Impairments

This webinar aims to present the results of a systematic literature review of literacy assessment and intervention in children with complex communication needs, who also use AAC. Results of this literature review will provide the framework for discussing a case study involving an adapted literacy assessment and systematic instruction conducted via tele-practice in a young male with complex communication needs. This webinar has a clinical focus and will provide specific recommendations and resources for assessment and intervention within this population.

Schea N. Fissel

Schea N. Fissel

M.A., CCC-SLP

Schea N. Fissel M.A., CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist who has worked in both school and outpatient-based settings, specializing in pediatric intervention. Her primary areas of clinical and research interests include autism, augmentative and alternative communication and literacy. Fissel has presented regionally, nationally and internationally in the areas of child language, language sampling technology and autism. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Kent State University.

Intermediate

SGDs | AAC | Literacy

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On-The-Go Activities for Nurturing the Growing Child

Many families and other care givers (as well as educators) have limited time, resources and may not have the necessary skill-sets to effectively prepare children for academic and school success. Using a fun and games approach, in this session, you will learn a variety of innovative “On-the-Go” activities to engage with children and build their vocabulary, literacy, math and science skills while on-the-go or at the grocery store or waiting at the dentist’s office.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

Beginner/Intermediate

Games | Literacy | Math | Science

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Using Low-Tech to Support Literacy Learning

All students are ready to experience literacy-based interactions. Until recently, typical literacy materials have not been thought of as accessible to students with significant disabilities. Attend this session to learn strategies to integrate low-tech into literacy learning experiences and to provide hours of literacy enjoyment for all your students.

Mary Sagstetter

Mary Sagstetter

M.A.Ed.

Mary Sagstetter joined AbleNet in June of 1998, with over 15 years of professional experience in the field of Special Education. In her current role as Business Development Manager, Mary focuses on providing awareness of AbleNet’s growing portfolio assistive technology solutions for individuals with disabilities.

Beginner

Literacy | Learning

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