AT Solutions for Communication and AAC (2012)

Author: TechKnowledgy Conference
Description: You are now entering the Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference area for practitioners and families interested in learning more about communication and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). We hope you will visit as many of the AT sessions as possible and explore sessions in other strands. You will notice each AT session specifies an approximate completion time and includes an evaluation. The evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate of participation. You may want to print your certificate and attach it to a printed copy of the conference program thus verifying your conference participation. Enjoy the conference!
  1. In this webshop, you will learn how to create meaningful literacy experiences by: Using age appropriate reading materials to differentiate instructional levels so all students can participate in a book club experience.

  2. There are different types of communication: general communication, small talk, conversations, gossiping, and joking around. One device or app may not meet ALL communication needs. This module will introduce considerations when deciding on tools to meet the needs of an individual’s variety of communication contexts.
  3. This module will demonstrate four key strategies when infusing communication skills with literacy activities; keeping the story personal, using simple language and vivid images, employing a repeating phrase or “fill-in-the-blank”, and including interactivity to keep it engaging. Each strategy is detailed and includes multiple suggestions that can make your job easier.
  4. This webshop will explore common questions asked by professionals in learning to help students who are new to an augmentative communication device within the classroom setting. The goals are to help those professionals identify naturally occurring opportunities within the curriculum to encourage use of these devices and, ultimately, to help students achieve communicative competence.
  5. With the growing popularity of using the iPad as an AAC device, AT practitioners need to be informed of the features of the available communication applications. By selecting the features of an application that best meet the needs of a particular student then the implementation of the AAC device is more successful. This video webshop demonstrates features of various communication apps for the iPad and iTouch.

Tag(s): Assistive Technology Communication/Language Mild/Moderate Disabilities