AAC in the Classroom for Students with Significant Disabilities: A Progression Strategy From BIGmack to SoundingBoard and Beyond!
This session will cover a progression strategy through a strategic process of analyzing real classroom activities and setting up inviting opportunities for students to communicate during these activities. Kelly has used and taught these strategies over the last 6 years with students communicating with typical low tech dedicated devices and has now over the last 4 years extended them to students communicating with AAC apps. The strategies start from the real classroom schedule starting with arrival at school, through every class period, transitions between classes and ending with departure from school. It starts with the strategies planned communication through scripting and builds to the possibilities of those unplanned, unscripted initiations of student's original thoughts. Complexity of activity type will be tied to communication function. Students can start with whatever technology/app that you have by using masking or if you have a process of building through technology skills and products, it will fit that framework as well. Participants will be encouraged to start and activity based upon one of the strategies, so that the data collection strategies to be introduced in the 2nd session will be immediately applicable.
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.