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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop 2018

Date: March 02, 2018

Time: 8:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt University Campus

Event Flyer: AACworkshop18brief.pdf


AAC All-Day Workshop: "AAC for Specific Populations: Autism and Visual Impairments"
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, 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 info:

  • Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP: "Coaching Parents of Young Children with Autism to Use Visual Supports at Home"
  • Vicki Wolczyk, M.A., CCC-SLP:"How Do You Work With a Student Who is Blind or Has a Visual Impairment: Making Language Tangible"
  • Monique Bird, M.A., CCC-SLP: "Using Tangible Core Symbols: Word Walls and Communication"
  • Deedra Finch, M.Ed., CTVI:"Using Tangible Core Symbols for Communication, Word Walls and Story Kits for Students Who Are Blind/Visual Impairments and Intellectual Disabilities"

Speaker and Presentation Information

Lisa Wallace, M.S., CCC-SLP: "Coaching Parents of Young Children with Autism to Use Visual Supports at Home"
This session will provide attendees with information on best practices in coaching parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder to utilize evidence based practices in the home environment. The session will focus specifically on the use of visual supports to offer choices throughout the day and the use of first then, token boards, and mini schedules to increase participation in daily routine and activities with their families. Information on helping parents set goals for the home environment as well as teaching parents to use prompting and reinforcement while implementing visual supports will be discussed.
Lisa Wallace has been working with young children with autism and their families for over 20 years. She has worked at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Franklin Special School District and in private practice. Currently she is the clinical director for the Tadpole Project which is a research study investigating the effects of ABA with toddlers with autism spectrum disorder.

Vicki Wolczyk, M.A., CCC-SLP:"How Do You Work With a Student Who is Blind or Has a Visual Impairment: Making Language Tangible"
Vicki Wolczyk has 35 years of experience with the last 21 years at Tennessee School for the Blind. The focus has been on experiential learning, hands on, body in the action, combined with the use of manipulatives, tangible symbols, and augmentative devices to build a foundation for language and communication.

Monique Bird, M.A., CCC-SLP:Using Tangible Core Symbols: Word Walls and Communication
Monique Bird has 17 years of experience as a speech language pathologist. She is currently at the Tennessee School for the Blind working with children who have multiple disabilities including blind and/or visual impairments as well as significant communication deficits who require the use of augmentative/alternative communication systems.

Deedra Finch, M.Ed., CTVI: "Using Tangible Core Symbols for Communication, Word Walls and Story Kits for Students Who Are Blind/Visual Impairments and Intellectual Disabilities"
Deedra Finch is currently an Itinerant Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments. She has worked in various settings with students who are blind and visually impaired.

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

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).