AAC in the Mountains 7th Annual Conference, July 19-20, 2001, Park City, Utah
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Mon Feb 5 15:55:29 PST 2001
AAC in the Mountains 7th Annual Conference
July 19-20, 2001
in Park City, Utah
Come join us in beautiful Park City, Utah for our annual AAC Conference. A
world-class ski resort in the winter, Park City is a sportman's paradise in
the summer. Bring your family and enjoy horseback riding, flyfishing,
golfing, river rafting, hot-air ballooning, moutain biking, and the alpine
slide. Browse the shops and restaurants on Historic Main Street, where many
of the buildings date back to the late 1800's.
Day 1, July 19, 2001 "Autism, AAC and Positive Behavior Support"
Individuals with autism are challenged by difficulties in the area of
communication that critically impact their ability to manage themselves in
home, school, and community environments. This workshop will explore
research-based best practices in AAC and Autism with a focus on positive
behavioral support. The rationale, tools, and strategies for engineered
environments as the first line of behavioral support will be explored. In
addition, the design and implementation of Functional Communication Training
programs utilizing AAC will be addressed. Participants will have the
opportunity to design AAC based behavioral intervention systems. Included in
this workshop will be practitioner tested models, tools and strategies of
AAC based behavioral systems, including protocols for defining and measuring
data based behavioral outcomes.
Dr. Joanne Cafiero is an augmentative communication specialist and faculty
member of Johns Hopkins University Graduate Division of Education. Dr.
Cafiero co-designed the graduate program "Teaching Students with Autism" as
well as the courses in classroom management and assistive technology for
students with autism. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences
committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. She also
consults with several school systems in designing programs for children with
autism utilizing research based best practices with assistive technology
supports. Dr. Cafiero has presented AAC and Autism workshops throughout the
US, Asia and Europe.
Day 2, July 20, 2001 "Literacy, Play, and Autism"
This workshop will focus on the development of literacy/play skills for
children on the autistic spectrum. Three types of children will be profiled.
The first type, children who would be termed hyperlexic and learn to decode
early and quickly, but display a great deal of difficulty with comprehension
and the higher level thinking and problem solving associated with more
abstract reasoning. How can we better close the gap between decoding and
comprehension? Secondly, children on the spectrum who display difficulties
with auditory processing, sound sequencing and language development, but who
are speaking and can "read outloud." How do we best give them the necessary
auditory processing foundation in order to build effective decoding skills,
so they are not just sight readers. And how do we build a more comprehensive
language base, through reading instruction, to help their overall
comprehension not only of written material, but spoken material as well? And
the last group, largely ignored, are those who are non-verbal. What
techniques are helpful, in helping them become readers. How can and does
augmentative communication and technology play a significant role for these
children in acquiring basic reading skills. The underlying philosophy tying
this workshop together is the idea of a balanced reading instruction program
that is being talked about in the literature and how the various pieces of
it affect these three groups of children.
Susan Norwell (M.S. Ed) has worked with a wide array of students , primarily
those with autism spectrum, for the last 23 years. She has spent the last 13
years in private practice working primarily with chidlren on the autistic
spectrum and girls with Rett Syndrome. She is trained in "Greenspan's
Floortime" model and would consider herself a relationship based educational
specialist. She has focused in the recent past on augmentative
communication, play and literacy for children on the spectrum especially
those without verbal language. She consults to various school districts on
successful inclusion of children with autism and has presented workshops
throughout the U.S. and Canada. Susan is a high energy presentor whose
presentations are known for her broad knowledge base as well as practical
and creative ideas.
Pati King-DeBaun (M.S. CCC-SLP) is a speech and language pathologist who has
specialized in augmentative communication and assisitive technology for
children with severe disabilities. She has worked extensively with
individuals ranging in age from birth through young adults with a wide range
of physical and cognitive disabilities. She has written and continues to
write and publish numerous articles, books and software, and she consults
nationally and internationally. She works with several classrooms nationwide
on developing emergent literacy based programs using an intensive modeling
based approach. She is owner of the company Creative Communicating which
develops and distributes materials that promote communication, creativity
and emergent literacy in classrooms.
Graduate level and ASHA CEU credits will be available.
$260 if you sign up on or before June 15th (includes all meals, except
$320 after June 15th
Sign up with a Purchase Order, check, or credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
If you would like to receive a brochure, just send us your name and address
via the link below.
* AAC Requests <mailto:aac at creative-comm.com>
Fax (435) 658-0925
Phone (435) 645-7737
P.O. Box 3358
Park City, UT 84060
AT Information & Referral Specialist
Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
1-800-214-8731 (Toll Free)
(509) 328-9350 (V, TTY)
(509) 326-2261 (Fax)
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