Tobii Dynavox & Rett University Invite You to... Learn. Develop. Challenge. Grow.

An event highlighting AAC and complex communication strategies.

Location: United Ability
100 Oslo Circle, Birmingham, AL 35211

Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Event Schedule

8:00 -

Registration Begins, Tobii Dynavox Learning Lounge Open

8:30 -

Susan Norwell
Learning the 3 Avenues for Building Communication with Hands-On Practice

9:45 - 

Break, Tobii Dynavox Learning Lounge Open

10:00 - 11:00am

Susan Norwell,

11:00 - 

Tobii Dynavox Training
Communication Options and Access Solutions

12:00 - 1:00pm

Lunch (provided)

12:00 - 1:00pm

Tobii Dynavox Learning Lounge Open

1:00 -

Susan Norwell
Understanding How to Implement Reading and Writing with Hands-On Practice

2:30 -

Break, Tobii Dynavox Learning Lounge Open

2:45 - 

Susan Norwell, Continued

4:30 - 

Tobii Dynavox Learning Lounge & Giveaways

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Who Should Attend:

  • Parents/Family Members
  • Caregivers
  • SLPs, OTs, PTs & Assistants
  • Teachers/Special Educators

Rett U Course Content

Reading, Writing and Communication for Students with Complex Needs - Learning the Strategies and Resources that Work for All!

Join us for a day focused on real-world, hands-on practice with communication skills, strategies and the academic areas of reading and writing for students with complex needs. This full-day workshop will begin with ensuring communication access is woven throughout everyday activities while modeling and practicing with partners using Rett University’s 4-Grid Communication Book and Tobii Dynavox’s SonoPrimo, soft-tech language grids.

Later in the day, we will address the academic skills of reading and writing for students with complex needs that are often thought to be impossible for individuals with Rett Syndrome and other complex disabilities. The strategies and techniques that have been developed and used with students worldwide are proven to get kids actively participating in reading and writing. Techniques for reading to and with kiddos while modeling communication will be demonstrated in videos and then put into practice during the workshop. Participants will actively use ABC and Core Word Communication Flipbooks to build a short story with a partner, focusing on understanding and improving upon the interaction needed to cultivate solid communication and educational exchanges.

Course Director: Susan Norwell, M.A., Special Education

Susan Norwell has worked with a wide array of students, including those with Rett Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities for the last 40+ years. She has spent the last 30 years in private practice working primarily with students on the autism spectrum and girls who have Rett Syndrome. She considers herself a relationship-based educational specialist and is currently focused on teaching literacy skills to students without verbal language and with significant disabilities while integrating augmentative communication and technology supports. She consults with various school districts on successful education of children with Rett Syndrome and those with complex communication needs and has presented workshops worldwide. Susan is a highenergy consultant who is known for her broad knowledge base as well as practical and creative ideas for furthering the learning of those with the most significant challenges.

Susan is Co-Founder of Rett University, which represents a 5-year dream of being able to provide systematic training for parents and those working with individuals with Rett. She is thrilled to see this dream actualized with Girl Power 2 Cure, Inc. and envisions people being able to more consistently unlock potential for individuals with Rett in the future!

Tobii Dynavox Training

Communication Options and Access Solutions

We will review the new Snap + Core First software and the most current upgrades in features and how it can support our complex communication learners. In addition to the Core First software solution we will review the new access options that can provide more communication opportunities across learning and communicating environments.


Tobii Dynavox Presenter: Holly Schneider, MA CCC-SLP

Holly Schneider, MA CCC-SLP, has prior experience as an Elementary & Intermediate English and Language Arts teacher. After graduating from the University of Texas in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she began a clinical career at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, working with clients ranging in age from adolescent to geriatric. Here her focus and passion grew towards working with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to increase her clients’ ability to participate more fully in their lives. Now with Tobii Dynavox she is presently a member of the Clinical Training & Implementation Team where she develops and conducts internal and customer trainings, creates implementation resources, and presents at local, national and international conferences about AAC topics. She has publications in JMSLP (2010) and most recently in Advance Healthcare Network for Speech and Hearing (2015).


Event Content supports Rett, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Angelmans & other complex conditions

For more information or questions, contact Kathy Schrenker or by phone at 412-222-7907.

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