NEW Webinar Series - Great Topics, Big Names

NEW Webinar Series - Great Topics, Big Names

Join Gail Van Tatenhove, Tracy Kovach, Deborah Witkowski & Deann O’Lenick in this new Webinar series on AAC mastery.

  1. Language Representation Methods

There are three methods for representing language within a speech generating device.  How language is represented within an AAC system can impact the success of the individual using the device.  In this webinar, Debbie Witkowski will define the three language representation methods and discuss the benefits and challenges of each.  Video comparisons will be made to highlight the differences between methods.

PresenterDeborah Witkowski 
WhenWednesday 29th April - 10:30 AM AEST
Cost: Free



_______________________________________________________________

  1. Using Descriptive Talking with Pre-Literate Children Using AAC Systems

This webinar explores the theory and practice of the Descriptive Teaching Model, an approach that focuses on the use of core vocabulary during classroom activities and lessons with children using AAC systems. Descriptive talking is used with children who need to learn how to communicate strategically because they are not sufficiently literate to spell words not provided within their AAC systems. Collaborative strategies are provided to help implement descriptive talking in special and general education classrooms. This webinar is suitable for Speech Pathologists and Teachers.

PresenterGail Van Tatenhove
WhenTuesday 5th May - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM AEST
Cost: $25 - This webinar will NOT be recorded
 
_______________________________________________________________

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy

Supporting students who use AAC in the classroom is often a challenging task.  In this follow-up to Gail Van Tatenhove’s webinar on descriptive teaching, Debbie Witkowski will walk participants through the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.  The skill set targeted at each cognitive level will be discussed and examples of how to assess learning will be offered. 

PresenterDeborah Witkowski
WhenWednesday 13th May - 10:30 AM AEST
Cost: Free


_______________________________________________________________

  1. Strategies for Language Intervention with Students using AAC Systems

This webinar is geared specifically to speech-language therapists who work with students who need specific instruction for improved expressive language production in the area of syntactical and morphological development. Participants will learn how to applied “old school” principles of grammatical development with individuals using AAC devices.

PresenterGail Van Tatenhove
WhenTuesday 19th May - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM AEST
Cost: $25 - This webinar will NOT be recorded

Registerhttp://tix.yt/strategies-for-language-intervention-with-students
Meeting link will be provided 24 hours before event starts.
_______________________________________________________________ 

  1. More than a Box that Talks

Device selection matters!  Improvements in technology and forms of access by themselves do not improve language outcomes for individuals who use AAC. This presentation will discuss the components within an AAC system that are necessary for an individual to develop language while addressing the decision-making process for the supporting therapist for device selection and intervention planning.

PresenterDeborah Witkowski Deann O’Lenick
WhenWednesday 27th May - 10:30 AM AEST
Cost: Free to watch for a limited time. See below.



_______________________________________________________________ 

  1. Pillar 1: Core Vocabulary

Our training as speech-language pathologists leads us to start with core vocabulary.  For example, when teaching a child manual signs, the first words targeted often include core words such as “more,” “help,” “all done,” and “mine.”  These words equip an individual with complex communication needs to communicate across contexts for a variety of purposes. 

Core vocabulary has been a prominent discussion in the field of AAC for years.  However, it is evident that not everyone defines core vocabulary in the same way.  Additionally, there is an alternate perspective that suggests children need to have a substantial noun vocabulary before they can begin to use core vocabulary. 

This webinar will present the foundational research to support the use of core vocabulary for emergent communicators with complex communication needs.  Results from both typical populations and groups of individuals with disabilities will be reviewed. 

PresenterDeborah Witkowski MA, CCC-SLP 
WhenWednesday 3rd June - 10:30 AM AEST
Cost: Free
Registerhttps://form.jotform.com/leannafox/registration-liberator-webseries 
Meeting link will be provided 24 hours before event starts. 
_______________________________________________________________

  1. Pillar 2: Language Acquisition  

Janice Light (2014) identified five domains of communicative competence for individuals who use AAC, one of which is linguistic competence.  Explicit language instruction is essential for individuals who use AAC.

This webinar will address the skills that should be targeted intervention with our clients from a developmental perspective as well as the components that are necessary within the AAC system to support language acquisition.  

PresenterDeborah Witkowski MA, CCC-SLP 
WhenWednesday 10th June - 10:30 AM AEST
Cost: Free
Registerhttps://form.jotform.com/leannafox/registration-liberator-webseries 
Meeting link will be provided 24 hours before event starts. 
_______________________________________________________________

  1. Pillar 3: Motor Automaticity 

The capacity to promote motor automaticity is an essential element of an AAC system.  A system must be designed in such a way to support the acquisition of consistent motor plans that lead to automaticity.  Typical speakers are not consciously aware of the parameters of speech production and can devote cognitive resources to what they will say rather than how to say it.  

This same phenomenon has been discussed among individuals who use their AAC systems fluently.  This webinar will explore how motor automaticity is developed and its impact for individuals who use AAC.

PresenterTracy Kovach
WhenWednesday 17th June - 11:00 AM AEST
Cost: Free
Registerhttps://form.jotform.com/leannafox/registration-liberator-webseries 
Meeting link will be provided 24 hours before event starts. 
_______________________________________________________________

  1. Pillar 4: Communication Partner Training 

An individual with complex communication needs may have an AAC system with a complete morphology system and high frequency vocabulary arranged in a manner that promotes motor automaticity, but without communication partners that know how to facilitate communication, they will not fully develop communicative competence. 

Effective communication partner training is essential for individuals with complex communication needs to communicate optimally.  Any intervention program for an individual who uses AAC needs to include a systematic approach for training the client’s communication partners. 

This webinar will review communication partner strategies and offer a model for training communication partners to support individuals who use AAC.

PresenterTracy Kovach
WhenWednesday 24th June - 11:00 AM AEST
Cost: Free
Registerhttps://form.jotform.com/leannafox/registration-liberator-webseries 
Meeting link will be provided 24 hours before event starts. 
_______________________________________________________________

 

 


Related Posts
  1. Meet Schuyler! An Inspiring Story of Monster's, Courage and Love. Meet Schuyler! An Inspiring Story of Monster's, Courage and Love. Meet Schuyler, an inspiring young woman with an amazing story to tell. 
  2. Where do I start with AAC? Where do I start with AAC? This question has plagued all speech pathologists and parents of children with AAC at one point or another.
  3. Joseph R Joseph R   Joseph is ayoung man who has uses a vanguard that he received in 2011. 
  4. Caytlin Caytlin Hi I’m Caytlin, I’m 31 years old and I’m a social worker. I love to live life to the fullest and I never allow the disability to get in the way of anything I want to do.
Copyright © 2018 Liberator Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.