4 Keys to AAC Success in the Classroom
Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Course Description:

Journey along four paths of learning that successfully unlock your skills needed to implement Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC) in your classroom.

The first key unlocks basic background information related to AAC; including the definition and examples of low, mid, and high tech. Information will be given regarding current AAC applications, other software and hardware that is available, and an explanation of different language organizations.

The second key unlocks the selection process and dynamic assessment which focuses on AAC considerations and vocabulary. Other areas addressed will include core vs fringe language, robust language systems including MEGA PC, and autonomous communication.

The third key unlocks aided language stimulation which focuses on the research, definition, video examples, classroom visuals, and practice opportunities.

Finally, the fourth key unlocks additional support strategies including shared reading, prompt hierarchy, and creating communicative environments. Shared reading focuses on the CAR method along with best books to engage students and tips for modeling during shared reading.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the different types of AAC including low, mid and high tech examples.
  2. List and compare various applications and AAC systems for communication to support the team’s selection process.
  3. Explain different evidenced based strategies to support communication with AAC including aided language stimulation, robust language, core words, prompt hierarchies, and shared reading.
  4. Complete hands on and interactive activities for modeling and core words.
  5. Demonstrate the CAR method for shared reading.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

5:45:      Registration and Light Dinner

6:00:      Introductions and Disclosures

6:05:      1st key: basic background information, current AAC applications, other AAC systems, and        explanation of different language organizations. Chat practice.

6:30:      2nd key: selection process and dynamic assessment and vocabulary, core vs fringe language, robust language systems. Includes hands on practice activity.

6:55:     3rd key: aided language stimulation, examples, visuals, and practice opportunities.

7:20:     4th key: additional support strategies including shared reading, prompt hierarchy, and creating communicative environments.

7:40:     CAR method and hands on practice for modeling during shared reading.

7:50:     Question and Answers

8:00:     Finish 

 Faculty:  Dana Hall and Jen Jacobs have both been working at P.G. Chambers School for 12 years. They both have experience implementing and evaluating students for AAC systems. They have their AT Certification through Stockton University. Each has attended a 3-day PODD training course as well as Dana has attended the Teaching Movements for Communication course with Gayle Porter, Linda Burkhart, and Claire Cotter. Both Jen and Dana have presented at district trainings across New Jersey, the ASAH non-profit organization for private schools in New Jersey conference, the CEC Conference in Boston, and AAC in the Cloud. Jen and Dana have implemented an AAC Clinic at P.G. Chambers School to support staff and families for students using AAC systems.

Financial Disclosers: Dana Hall and Jen Jacobs both receive a salary for working at P.G. Chambers School.

Non-Financial Disclosers: No relevant non-financial relationships exist for Dana Hall or Jen Jacobs.

Sponsored by: P.G. Chambers School

This course is offered for .2 ASHA CEUs

(Intermediate level; Professional area)

Cost:       $25.00

How to Register:  Register online below or contact Nancy Altshuler, Conference Coordinator at AltshulerN@ChambersSchool.org



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Date(s) - 10/16/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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