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Invite Us to Host a Workshop Tailored to Your Needs
Successful AAC support for children and adults with complex communication needs is impossible without ongoing learning and collaboration. Whether you are a therapist, caregiver, educator, or other support professional, the opportunity to learn practical strategies backed by sound research and clinical evidence could be just what you need to move your loved one, client, or student further with his or her communication.
Parents, caregivers, & families,
- Do you find yourself overwhelmed by you loved one's communication system?
- Are you unsure of what AAC is or how it might help your family member?
- Do you find your loved one is "stuck" at a communication level below his potential and that you are unsure what to do next?
- Are you feeling successful some of the time with your family member's communication system but find yourself wanting more practical tips to optimize communication potential?
- Are you struggling to find ways to provide opportunities for your loved one to successfully communicate throughout his or her day?
- Do you find that it is hard to make communication through AAC fun or motivating for you or your AAC user?
Therapists, educators, & support professionals,
- Do you find yourself unsure of how to help your student or patient progress beyond "basic" communication, such as "yes", "no" or making requests?
- Do you work with a child or young adult who is nonverbal and find yourself unsure of how to introduce AAC or to decide if he or she is "ready"?
- Are you looking for more strategies and tools to make AAC intervention less daunting?
- Are you looking for new ways to evaluate the communication needs of those you serve and to compare the AAC options currently available?
- Are you in need of a space to discuss challenges with colleagues and brainstorm solutions for difficult communicate cases?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, Seattle AAC can help!
Past Presentations & Workshops Include:
Teaching Language Through AAC
Our goal in supporting the communication development of children is to guide each toward becoming spontaneous, independent communicators. The foundation for building generative communication is rooted in the principles of typical language development, making these benchmarks the best available to guide our assessment and intervention when working with AAC users. This lecture explores assessment and intervention strategies for beginning communicators that foster receptive and expressive language growth through the use of a multimodal communication system. No tech and high tech supports are explored in terms of identifying and using robust AAC systems that include core vocabulary to foster language growth and facilitate overall communication success. Resources are also provided for continued learning and collaboration.
Shaping Symbolic Communication from Non-Symbolic Foundations
"Complex communicators” may remain entirely non-symbolic. These modalities can be shaped into conventional forms through scaffolding. Further communication development may not include symbolic communication; but it is possible for non-symbolic communicators to become more effective by using socially acceptable, non-symbolic forms for a variety of communicative functions. This workshop explores assessment and intervention strategies to shape the non-symbolic communication behaviors of the most involved communicators as a means toward symbolic forms or a primary means of communication.
Tips for SLPs Supporting Children with Visual Impairment
hildren with complex communication needs often present with a medical history that includes known brain injury. Since 60%-80% of the brain consists of visual processing pathways that are essential for the processing of visual information, it is highly likely that many SLPs are working with children or young adults who have known or unknown visual impairment-namely, cortical visual impairment. Others who may or may not have a history of brain injury may present with other forms of low vision or blindness that impact their ability to access the learning environment for the development of essential skills-including communication and literacy. This workshop explores basic information regarding ocular and cortical visual impairment as well as screening and intervention strategies to assist SLPs and similar professionals in intervention and advocacy for children and young adults with known or suspected visual impairment. Resources of ongoing learning and collaboration are also provided.