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  • Where: Illinois Assistive Technology Program, IATP Conference Room
  • Who: SLP’s, Educators, Paras, OT’s, ATP’s, & Parents encouraged to attend!
  • FREE – ASHA CEUs/PDHs available!

Descriptions for each course are listed below the registration form.


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IATP Summer 2023 AAC Trainings
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Course Descriptions

Let’s Get Talking: Using AAC in the Classroom

This implementation class will focus on using AAC in the classroom during speaking, reading and writing activities. Participants will learn about the importance of language development and core vocabulary, teaching methods to promote the use of core vocabulary across environments and strategies to engineer the classroom. In addition, participants will learn how to select target vocabulary for classroom activities based on language development principles. Methods for finding and teaching vocabulary will be covered, including icon tutor/word finder, vocabulary builder and write with icons. Finally, attendees will learn how to set up and deliver activities to foster communication. Practical examples and materials will be used throughout the class. The strategies presented will cover a range of communicative abilities and can be applied to a variety of language systems and communication devices.


Strategies for AAC Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Visual Differences

Participants will learn about strategies for making AAC accessible for individuals with visual differences. Evaluation considerations will be discussed, such as the use of keyguards with tactile markers, high-contrast symbols, and auditory scanning. Evidence-based AAC intervention approaches specific to those with visual differences will be addressed.


AAC & Supporting Gestalt Language Processors and Alternative Access Options with TD Snap

Participants will be given a general overview of Tobii Dynavox AAC device options and page sets available for users across the lifespan. Participants will then dive into features within TD Snap that can facilitate language development for Gestalt Language Processors who are AAC users through exploration of potential page set ups to support the AAC user’s language learning style. Appropriate access is imperative for using an AAC device successfully so the session will also cover alternative access methods to make sure you’re considering all areas of access during your assessment. Learn ways to determine the potential access method for you or your communicator based on individual abilities.


Individualized and Attainable Path for AAC Success

Classification systems for pediatric AAC communicators in the current literature provide general categories and a “one-size fits all” approach to a continuum of skills and do not consider specific characteristics of the child. This type of approach may result in non-functional goals and unrealistic expectations. This presentation will propose three AAC communicator categories (i.e., emergent, functional, and generative) determined by a child’s individual profile and is specific to their communication needs and prognosis. A tool, The AAC Communicator Profile, will be shared that will assist SLPs in this process. Additionally, a goal continuum with functional and attainable goals for each AAC communication category will be provided. The continuum will offer goals in linguistic, social, strategic, and operational skills to achieve maximum level of communicative competence.