Training Type: Implementation Workshop
Where do you typically start when introducing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? If you are like most people, you probably start with activities where an individual can request a motivating object or action. But, what happens next? What happens when we run out of things to request? What happens when AAC users seem “bored” by requesting? What happens when the situation doesn’t allow for requesting?
In this session, we will help you develop specific strategies to go beyond requesting…into the world of asking questions, making comments, protesting, expressing opinions, and other communicative functions. We will use lecture, discussion, video examples, and small-group activities to explore the power of various communicative functions, vocabulary selection, teaching strategies, and specific ways to facilitate communication beyond requesting.
Learning Objectives: Following this session, participants will be able to:
Course Content Level: Intermediate
ASHA CEUs: 0.5
Date & Time: Friday, September 30, 2016 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM PT
Location:Surrey Board of Education 14033 92 Ave, Surrey, British Columbia V3V 1J5, Canada
Cost: Free of Charge
Open Seats: 35
Presenter: Stephanie Ekis
Stephanie Ekis, MS CCC-SLP is the Manager of Education and Training at Tobii Dynavox. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Louisville and became a practicing Speech Pathologist in 1993. Stephanie has provided assessment, therapy, and consultation services for children and adults with severe speech and language disabilities for over 20 years. Stephanie’s current responsibilities include customer training development, implementation consulting and new product development. Stephanie is dedicated to innovation in the field of AAC. She has a deep interest in helping augmented communicators and their support teams as they move through the assessment process as well as identifying practical implementation strategies to help overcome communication barriers in their everyday lives.