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Friday, March 1, 2019

AAC 101 for Paraeducators: Implementing AAC in the Classroom webinar

Date: March 12, 2019
Time: 3:30-4:30

In his book, Ghost Boy, Martin Pistorius writes “Not having a voice to say I’d had enough food or the bath water was too hot or to tell someone I loved them was the thing that made me feel most inhuman. Words and speech separate us from the animal kingdom, after all. They give us free will and agency as we use them to express our desires and refuse or accept what others want us to do.”  

For students with complex communication needs, Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) is the key that unlocks communication, free will and agency for them.  As educators, providing opportunities for and supporting use of AAC in our classrooms is our most important obligation to our students. But how do we help them learn to use their systems?  How do we incorporate AAC into the school day?  Implementation is the most important aspect but the hardest to achieve!  Join us as we discuss basics such as prompting and wait time as well as activities and examples to get you started using AAC with your students.

Learning objectives:
Participants will be able to state 3 principles of successful AAC Implementation
Participants will be able to state 3 best practices when using aided-language stimulation
Participants will be able to describe at least one activity/opportunity each for incorporating low-tech and high-tech AAC options