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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop 2015

Date: February 27, 2015

Time: 8:00AM to 3:30PM

Location: 216/220 Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt Campus, Nashville, TN 27203

Event Flyer: 2015AACworkshop.pdf


Workshop: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Communication All Day Long: Communication Circles, Topic Setting, and MORE!

Location: Rooms 216/220, Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt University Campus

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Caroline Musselwhite, Ph.D.

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 35 years of experience in the areas of AAC and literacy. She has authored many textbooks, “how-to” books, and software programs. She has presented thousands of workshops, locally, nationally and internationally and is a founding member and Fellow of ISAAC. Dr. Musselwhite’s workshop will address how to use a combination of discourse-based strategies, peer-based Communication Circles, and a communicative agenda (instead of a testing agenda!) to support students who use AAC. Two focus areas are how to help AAC users set topics, and how to support AAC users in inclusive settings.

This workshop will provide participants with detailed information on the use of various AAC systems (low-tech and mobile devices). Using Beukelman and Mirenda’s participation model as a framework, participants will match information from a comprehensive AAC evaluation with features of both low- and high-tech AAC systems to meet the user’s communication needs. Given the proliferation of mobile tablets and apps, a focus of this workshop will be how to use outcomes of AAC evaluation to provide evidence-based recommendations for appropriate mobile devices and AAC apps for use by persons with complex communication needs.

For speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. * May attend workshop without attending Thursday’s presentation. This workshop will be offered for .6 ASHA CEU’s (intermediate level; professional area). Credit will only be offered for those individuals who attend the entire Friday workshop.

Registration: $175 professionals, $50 students/parents. $125 Group Rate for 2 or more persons from the same agency or organization who register at the same time.* Workshop fee includes lunch, breaks, and instructional resources.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Training Program
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Technology Access Center

The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities.

Contact kc@vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).