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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop 2017

Date: March 03, 2017

Time: 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt University Campus

Event Flyer: AACworkshop17brief.pdf


AAC All-Day Workshop: "AAC For All: Supporting Students with Evidence-Based Practices Across Settings"
Friday, Mar. 3, 2016, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt University Campus

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For speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. This workshop will be offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area). Credit will only be offered for those individuals who attend the entire Friday workshop. However, those who do not wish to receive CEUs are not required to attend the entire workshop.

Speaker and Presentation Information

Denise Bryant, M.A., CCC-SLP, ATP: "Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment: Essential Knowledge When Assessing Children with Developmental Disabilities"
Participants will learn about using the participation model and capability assessment to guide the AAC assessment process. Common communication characteristics of children with a variety of developmental disabilities will be reviewed. Case studies and videos will be used to teach about the feature matching process to identify the best AAC intervention or device. AAC competencies (linguistic, operational, social, and strategic) and specific speech generating devices will be highlighted.
Denise Bryant, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Pediatric Speech-Language Clinic in Nashville, TN. She has twenty four years of experience working in this setting with children with complex communication needs. Denise has presented on the topics of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), family-centered services, literacy activities with children who use AAC, children with severe disabilities, and children with Down Syndrome. She has a special interest in providing augmentative and alternative communication assessments and working with families by teaching partner communication strategies.

Amanda L. Oakes, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist III, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Pediatric Speech Language Programs: "Goal Writing: Tools for Generating Functional Goals for AAC"
Generating measureable and appropriate goals for AAC users often presents challenges. This session will provide tools to aide in generating goals for AAC system use and implementation that are measureable, functional, and individualized. Emphasis will be placed on development of goals for all four areas of AAC competence.
Amanda Oakes is a pediatric SLP at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. She specializes in the areas of AAC and complex communication needs, ASD, developmental disabilities, and TBI. Amanda serves as an instructor for the AAC Course for the SLP Master’s Program in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP: "The ABCs of Using Picture-Based Communication Systems with Young Children with ASD"
Picture based communication systems are a commonly used intervention strategy for children with ASD who have not yet developed verbal speech. This presentation will highlight how to identify and write measurable goals when utilizing this teaching strategy as well as how to teach picture based systems using the principles of applied behavior analysis.
Lisa Wallace is a speech/ language pathologist who has worked with children with autism and their families for over 20 years. She has had many roles over the years including working at the Bill Wilkerson Center, helping develop the Families First parent training program, and serving as an autism consultant in Franklin Special School District. Currently she is the clinical director of the Tadpole project, a multi-site research project studying intensive behavioral intervention in toddlers with autism.

Kerry Hankins, M.A., CCC-SLP: "Collaborative and Functional Approaches to Intervention and Play Skills with Complex Communicators"
This presentation will focus on collaborative and functional interventions for children with complex communication needs in both individual and group settings. The presenter will focus on strategies used to promote functional communication, adapted play, and social interaction for children utilizing augmentative and alternative communication.
Kerry Hankins is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. Kerry received her Master of the Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Since beginning in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Kerry has developed a passion for children with complex communication needs requiring augmentative and alternative communication.

Registration (open at a later date): $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
  • Dynavox<
  • ATW

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).