AT/AAC Presentations – Scheduled at Districts Request
Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as: “Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities”.
“Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to using a form of communication to supplement or replace spoken and/or written words. AAC may include using signs/gestures, switches, pictures, or electronic devices to help a person share his or her thoughts.” (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)
NOTE: All presentations/workshops can be adjusted and customized to the specific needs at each school. Please give the presenters enough notice to prepare if you have any specific requests (minimum of 2 weeks notice for preparation purposes)
Descriptions of AT/AAC presentations offered:
AT/AAC overview (1-1.5 hours)
Presenter(s): Katie Grubert (Assistive Technology Specialist) and/or Rory Christensen MA CCC-SLP (AAC Specialist)
This presentation includes a general overview on what Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication is. We will talk about the laws, show video clips, explain all the categories of AT, and discuss low tech, mid tech, and high tech tools. For longer presentations, we will include a brief simulation activity, and quick overview of the prompting hierarchy. (This presentation can be heavier on AT or AAC if requested.)
iPad Basics (2 Hours)
Presenter: Katie Grubert (Assistive Technology Specialist)
Professionals will learn all the basics of using an iPad, along with other features such as accessibility settings, Siri, the app store, and important apps to export and share work/documents with the iPad (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote). Attendees are encouraged to bring iPads!
Free educational apps for the iPad (1.5 – 2 Hours)
Presenters: Katie Grubert (Assistive Technology Specialist) and Rory Christensen MA CCC-SLP (AAC Specialist)
We will present on some of our favorite apps! Please let us know the age and range of disabilities that attending staff members work with. Participants should come to this workshop with their iPads and the ability to load on free apps (or we can send you a list of free apps to be loaded on prior to the date of the presentation!)
NOTE: This presentation could be customized to support needs of staff and students at your school, but please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the presentation.
Questions regarding the programs can be directed to Cyndie Femino at 978-685-3000 ext 1110 or by email.