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Professional Development Opportunities

Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Autism: Unlocking Language through Technology Presented by Joanne Cafiero, Ph.D.

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3/11/2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
3/12/2013 8:30am - 3:30pm
Registration Period: 
3/1/2013 - 3/7/2013

Broadcast via Video Conference from NWRESD to Willamette ESD

Description:  Many individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unable to communicate their wants, needs, and thoughts verbally. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions for individuals with ASD are supported by research. AAC provides a means of functional communication, stimulates speech and language development, and promotes social participation. It is critical for educators to pursue AAC strategies for any student with ASD who has little or no ability to communicate using speech.

This 2-day training will provide an overview of concepts and practical strategies regarding the implementation of AAC strategies for students with ASD. It will cover a range of specific interventions including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and various mid-to-high tech approaches such as the use of dynamic display, speech-generating devices. Other topics will include aided language stimulation, supporting literacy development, and enhancing social participation. 

Target Audience:  Educators serving students with ASD who have limited or no speech; this may include Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, and ASD Specialists.

Contact Information: 
Meagan Head / 503.385.4541 /
Willamette ESD - Willamette Room / 2611 Pringle Rd SE / Salem
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