AAC Assessment … Where Do We Start?

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LTVEC is proud to present AAC Assessment … Where do We Start?: AAC Skills Assessment & Intervention for the SLP, a professional development workshop by Vicki Clarke, CEO of Dynamic Therapy Associates, Director of DTA Schools, and writer of the AAC Assessment Corner Series on the hugely popular blog, Praactical AAC.

Access to augmentative communication has increased significantly over the past decade. Many more families and schools are purchasing communication applications for iPads and other mobile tablets with minimal individual student assessment.  The improved availability of high tech AAC solutions has not, however, drastically decreased the challenge of making AAC work for our students.  SLPs are tasked with selecting “just right” AAC applications or devices; helping students develop more age appropriate language skills and; assisting them in learning functional communication skills.  Many SLPs feel unprepared to assess AAC skills and to target improving communication in their minimally verbal students.

We will spend the day learning to assess and teach a sequence of AAC focused skills to help our students become competent communicators. The AAC Skills Assessment will be introduced and discussed in detail with specific case studies, video and photo examples and opportunities to practice interpretation. The AAC Skills Assessment is a structured observation tool that allows us to determine our student’s strengths and needs to guide our intervention. We will spend the afternoon considering the implications of our student’s performance on the AAC Skills Assessment to determine strategies, tools and techniques for improving language and communication skills.

Clinicians will finish the day with the knowledge necessary to observe and assess their student’s communication skills and, the features they need in an AAC system. Participants will identify specific strategies, tools and activities to implement effective AAC intervention for their minimally verbal students.

Evidence of learning:  SLPs will be able to complete a structured observation using the AAC Skills Assessment and describe the application of the tool for treatment decision-making.


WHEN

Friday, October 25, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE

James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center, East Building

MEALS

Drinks and a deli-style lunch is included with your registration

CEUs

Certificates provided for 6.0 hours of continuing education accepted by ASHA towards licensure maintenance

MATERIALS

iPad or laptop as available

 

REGISTRATION

Individual registration: $99 (includes drinks and lunch)

Group registration: $89 per person for groups of 3 or more that register at the same time (includes drinks and lunch)

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FLYERS

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made 14 days or more in advance of the event date will receive a 100% refund. NO refunds will be issued if cancellations made within 13 days in advance of the event date; however, substitutions are allowed if submitted in writing prior to the event.


Vicki K. Clarke, MS CCC-SLP

Vicki K. Clarke, MS CCC-SLP

About Our Speaker:

Vicki Clarke is the CEO of Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc (DTA Inc.), a speech language pathology clinic specializing in AAC. She is the Director of DTA Schools, a division of DTA Inc, which provides individual student, classroom and district-wide AAC services for consultation, assessment, training, curriculum development and equipment procurement in multiple public school districts. Additional professional activities include professional consultation and training through publications, workshops and presentations at local, state and national conferences in the areas of augmentative communication, speech language pathology, special education and Autism.

DISCLOSURES:  Mrs. Clarke is a co-owner of Dynamic Therapy Associates, offering private therapy, school based contracts and AAC related products.  Mrs. Clarke consults pro bono for various speech generating device manufactures, app developers (educational, AAC and speech pathology related).  She regularly shares information and resources regarding special education, AAC, speech pathology and Autism on social media.  In her capacity as a AAC evaluator and school district consultant, Mrs. Clarke is given access to professional copies of News-2-You products, almost all AAC apps and long term loans for speech generating devices from Tobii Dynavox, Prentke Romich, Saltillo and Ablenet. Mrs. Clarke plays an advisory role for PrAACtical AAC, a website developed by Dr. Carole Zangari, for the purpose of disseminating evidence based practices and resources for augmentative communication services.