#TalkingAAC Pre-Conference (2019) (Course # 19SE1014)

Date(s): 10/14/2019 
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration open through 10/7/2019 6:00 AM EST


133 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.


Course Description

#TalkingAAC is the only event of it's kind in Michigan - focusing exclusively on topics related to augmentative/alternative communication (AAC). Join us on Monday, October 14th for pre-conference workshops. Select one topic for a day of in-depth learning. Sessions run from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Select from one of the following workshops:


1.. AAC Assessment: Mapping a Route to Communicative Competence with Vicki Clarke

Jackson is an adorable 9-year-old who is not yet speaking. He points and vocalizes but has no true words. We know he needs some form of augmentative communication. His classmate Damian is also nonverbal, uses a wheelchair for mobility, struggles to use his hands to point, and seems to not pay attention to the symbols we show him. We know he needs some form of augmentative communication too. Sari jumps and twirls into the classroom and repeats lines from Good Morning America but can't tell us her favorite snack. She also needs AAC. How do we decide who gets what? This session digs into how to assess individual AAC needs: the tools we use, the features we assess, the people we invite to help us and, most importantly, the questions we ask. We will use videos, case studies, specially designed protocols, and breakout opportunities for hands-on exploration to learn the features and considerations of a comprehensive AAC assessment. Come join us for the day and learn how to systematically assess your potential AAC users and start them on their journey to communicative competence.



2. Tackling Access: Teaming up to enhance AAC access and

communication independence for students with complex needs

with Corinn Hower, Megan Zell & Allisa Thompson:

Wondering where to begin when it comes to determining optimal access solutions for students with complex needs who use AAC? Wish you knew more about access options available and how to match them to meet student needs in order to optimize performance? Looking for strategies to support teachers and classroom staff in providing opportunities for students to practice and use alternative access throughout the day? Years of experience have taught us that it is no easy to task to determine solutions to AAC access for students with complex needs. Working as a team and taking a comprehensive approach to identifying and supporting access to communication are essential to the success and independence of our most challenged communicators. Join us for an action packed day where we explore access challenges and discuss a team-oriented approach to tackling access to AAC for students with complex needs.


3. Essentials for AAC: Foundational Skills for Implementation with Marlene Cummings & Stacey Fox:

This pre-conference learning session will focus on those foundational skills that are essential when using AAC to support the development of competent communicators. We will describe a comprehensive implementation approach to communication and language learning for students supported by AAC. Specific components include core vocabulary, aided language input, and vocabulary instruction to name a few. Application of these strategies in natural occurring routines and during instruction results in successful and sustainable implementation. There will be opportunities across the day to complete self-reflection tools and environmental checklists to assist in the completion of a powerful action plan. Additionally, resources, websites and tools to support continual learning will be provided. You will leave this session feeling empowered, with the knowledge and tools to immediately begin implementation in your classroom, as well as ways to build capacity across buildings and districts.


Visit the conference website for more detailed & updated information: https://www.talkingaac.org/

For information on the #TalkingAAC Conference on Tuesday & Wednesday, October 15-16th, please CLICK HERE



This event is presented a coalition of school districts across the state of Michigan. #TalkingAAC is open to teachers, therapists, staff, families, and other members of the community in roles supporting individuals with complex communication needs.



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Course Cost

The course cost is $100.00

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 6.5


(SCECHs are being offered through Eaton RESA)

.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area) *Important disclaimer below



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