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Communication Partner Instruction in AAC

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$99 – $450

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Learn the evidence-based benefits and receive a comprehensive overview of partner-augmented input (PAI).

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Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). There are multiple benefits of modeling AAC use, but how can this be done effectively across a child’s many environments? All of a child’s communication partners must be taught how to model on the child’s speech-generating device (SGD) to create an immersion environment for learning the new language!

Day 1 (required*) is an introductory SMoRRESTM level 1 session appropriate for all communication partners including speech-language pathologists, teachers, instructional assistants, and other professionals who work with children using AAC, as well as for parents and caregivers of children using AAC. Participants will set goals for the training, learn why modeling is so important, verbally rehearse the steps to successful modeling, see videos of modeling in the classroom and home, and practice modeling. NOTE: A communication device, app, emulation software, book or board is required to participate in a variety of interactive, hands-on training activities designed for learning or improving modeling skills.

Day 2 (optional) is an intermediate, SMoRRES level 2 session organized to teach participants the 8-step, evidence-based instructional program used to introduce participants to modeling on Day 1. This instructional program can be used to teach adult communication partners such as parents and educators to model on their children’s or students’ devices across environments. Participants will learn the steps involved in implementing the communication partner training program and will be provided with a DVD and a printed manual to enable them to employ the program in their own practices.

* Day 1 is a prerequisite for day 2. Participants who have already attended a full day SMoRRES Level 1 Training (see below for a list of qualifying workshops) may waive registration for day 1 by submitting a course completion certificate.

About the Instructors

Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs. She is the owner/director of Technology and Language Center where she specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services including assessment, consultation and training, and workshops/lectures. Dr. Senner has presented at numerous national assistive technology conferences and has taught graduate courses in AAC and swallowing disorders. She has published research in the areas of AAC, siblings and disability, and swallowing disorders in cerebral palsy.

Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP, has been working with AAC for over 15 years. He currently is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) performing evaluations, trainings, and coaching communication partners. Matthew also has his own AAC private practice working with individuals with complex communication needs from birth through adulthood. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Xavier University where he teaches a graduate course in AAC and has presented at national and state conferences. Matthew has published research in the areas of AAC.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Day 1

• Identify three benefits of providing partner-augmented input.

• List the 6 steps involved in successful modeling.

• Demonstrate the ability to produce words and phrases on a speech-generating device.

Day 2

• Identify three benefits of communication partner instruction.

• Identify eight components of successful communication partner training programs.

• Identify data collection strategies to monitor partner and child progress.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits for O.T./ S.T will be offered through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Early Intervention credits have been requested for 5.5 contact hours each day.

All participants will receive a course completion certificate upon successful completion of the conference. No certificates will be awarded until course completion is verified on the final date of the conference.

Speech Therapy:

Each day is offered for .55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area). Two-day course is offered for 1.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

Occupational Therapy:

This Intermediate Level course is offered with AOTA ClassificationCodes: Categories 1 Domain of OT & 2 Occupational Therapy Processes.

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