Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Illinois Assistive Technology Program

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June 15, 2022 – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Achieving Authentic Communication: Implementation Toolkit

This class will review elements of implementation to help participants achieve authentic communication with their clients. Participants will learn about communication, a complex multimodal process, involving the interaction of three elements: functions of communication, the environment, and communication partners. This will include a discussion about how to move beyond requesting and what to do as the communication partner. Additionally, participants will learn about the importance of creating communication opportunities, and how to do so for their clients. Examples will be used throughout the seminar and participants will have hands on experience using several tools to help clients achieve authentic communication.

Presenter: Jamie Leopard earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Butler University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Illinois University. Prior to joining PRC-Saltillo, Jamie served as the pediatric AAC evaluator at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She evaluated for best AAC fit, consulted with other therapists for implementation, provided training to families and teams, and provided ongoing therapy for children with a variety of diagnoses. Jamie assisted adults with AAC needs as well including funding, implementation, and programming. She has also worked with children in an ABA center providing therapy centered on AAC.

Jamie holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Indiana. Jamie is also a member of ASHA SIG 12.

June 15, 2022 – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Forbes AAC Supporting Pediatric AAC Assessment

Pediatric AAC assessment can be overwhelming as each user’s needs vary depending on factors such as cognition and motor abilities. This presentation aims to assist clinicians in (1) identifying individuals who may benefit from an AAC assessment (2) summarizing components of the pediatric AAC assessment for implementing in their clinical practice, and (3) describe AAC assessment tools that are available.

Presenter: Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP is the Educational Program Developer at Forbes AAC. She has over 8 years of experience in AT and AAC assessment and treatment across the lifespan. Her goal is to provide all AAC users and those around them with evidence-based information for best practice in AAC.


June 16, 2022 – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Explore PRC-Saltillo

This introductory course is intended to give attendees an overview of the wide range of devices, vocabularies, and support PRC-Saltillo offers. During this course, we will review the devices available from PRC-Saltillo. This discussion will also include an overview of the access methods offered by PRC-Saltillo. Attendees will learn about the most commonly used vocabularies on PRC-Saltillo systems, including Unity, LAMP Words for Life, and WordPower™, as well as the available languages. Finally, attendees will learn about the many support options available for PRC-Saltillo products, both in-person and online!

Presenter: Jamie Leopard, PRC-Saltillo Consultant


June 16, 2022 – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Explore Tobii Dynavox

Join us for an engaging, informative dive into the world of AAC and amazing communication software. We will cover how AAC can assist with early language acquisition, support behaviors, and promote literacy and growth with complex communicators, both pediatric and adults. This course will provide hands on experience with our emerging communication software TD Snap, as well as our literate communication softwares, Communicator 5 and TD Talk. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience with both touch and eye-gaze devices.

Tom Dixon is the pediatric Solutions Consultant for Tobii Dynavox for Eastern Missouri and Central/Southern Illinois. Prior to joining the Tobii Dynavox team, he worked in both the public school system, inpatient rehab, and acute care. Tom is a certified brain injury specialist. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 2013, and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015 from the University of Central Missouri.
Claire Parrent is the adult Solutions Consultant for Tobii Dynavox for Eastern Missouri and Central/Southern Illinois. Claire graduated from Miami University in 2007 with her Bachelor’s degree, and from Emerson College in 2009 with her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Claire has 13 years of clinical AAC experience with both adults and pediatrics.