Seattle Course #27- AAC All Day Long!

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Friday- March 9, 2018      8:00am-4:00pm

Course #27 -AAC All Day Long! Scaffolding Conversation, Academics, and Interaction – Apps Included!

by Dr. Caroline Musselwhite, CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist and Jane Odom, MEd, Prentke Romich Company

About the Speakers
Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, EdD, CCC-SLP is an assistive technology specialist with more than 40 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities in a variety of settings, including Head Start, clinics, developmental day programs, homes, and the public schools. Dr. Musselwhite has written a number of textbooks and “how-to” books on a range of topics, and has authored many books and software programs for youth with disabilities. She has taught courses at several universities and presented thousands of workshops throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa. She has also supported Communication Circles and Balanced Literacy Clubs in multiple cities in the US and Canada. Honors include: Foundation Fellowship (West Virginia University), Educator of the Year (Association for Retarded Citizens, North Carolina), Honors of the Association, (North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association), DiCarlo Outstanding Clinician Award (North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association), and ISAAC Fellow. Disclosures: Financial- Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an independent contractor and receives speaker fees for her courses. She is a consultant to the Don Johnston, Attainment, Prentke Romich and Tobii companies. She receives royalties for her publications from Attainment, Pro Ed, Southwest Human Development, Inc, & Special Communications. Nonfinancial- Dr. Musselwhite is active in the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) and posts information on various AAC websites including educational videos, therapy materials and blogs.




Jane Odom, MEd, is the Director of Implementation Resources for the Prentke Romich Company (PRC). Jane represents PRC at local, regional and national conferences, and she works regularly with Speech- Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, educators and family members to address the needs of people with speech, language and cognitive disabilities. She is responsible for focusing nationally on increasing our knowledge of the education segment and creating innovative approaches to implement PRC devices and Unity. Jane Odom earned her BS and MEd degrees from Temple University and has over 13 years of teaching experience in the field of Special Education. She also was the Language Instructor for the ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Seminar) program at Temple University for 9 years where she taught AAC device us- ers alongside professionals about how to use and implement AAC devices in everyday life. Disclosures: Financial-Jane is employed by and has ownership interest in Prentke Romich Company. There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend):  Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Speech- Language Pathologists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Autism Specialists, Private Tutors, Principals/Administrators, and Instructional Assistants and Paraprofessionals

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 21 years

Course Description:  The literature on interactive use of AAC systems is quite clear. . . and discouraging. As a group, AAC partners continue to dominate conversation, and AAC users continue to be more passive and use a limited range of communication functions. This quick-paced, interactive session will support students in using core vocabulary for authentic purposes, with peers, and using repetition with variation. Strategies include: using RPM-GO (Rehearse, Practice, Model, Generalize), combining core vocabulary and literacy, and determining authentic purposes for all intervention. This session will also support setting up Communication Circles with peer supports, supporting students in using descriptive teaching to access academic vocabulary, and creating doable data collection. Throughout the day, we will support communication partners in developing interactive, engaging activities to support students who use AAC. Participants will engage in multiple ‘try-it’ activities to help learning generalize, just as we hope to make core vocabulary generalize for our AAC users! Participants will receive a link to download the Communication Circles book, CD, and more supports.

 What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

• Describe 3 myths of AAC and explain why they are not true

• Identify a student who is a good match for a Communication Circle, and specify why

• Demonstrate use of descriptive teaching to use common vocabulary words to describe academic terms

• Summarize the meaning of RPM-GO

• Describe at least three activities for helping students rehearse vocabulary, using light and/or high tech materials

• Plan at least two activities to help students practice and model language use with an AAC device

• Discuss at least two tools (light or high tech) to support data collection for students who use AAC

• Plan follow-up for a student or classroom, using the RPM- GO approach