To register for this class, please click on the "Register with Host" button. Next, when emailing to register with Alison Ritter at Illinois Assistive Technology Program, please include that you are registering for the "Building Blocks training on 6-27-19". Also in the email message, include your name, email address, title, phone number, facility name and address there. Thank you!
In Blocks 1 and 2 of Building Blocks to Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Success, participants will learn about the basics of speech and language development and how it relates to AAC, the importance of core and fringe vocabulary, the benefits of organizing vocabulary in such a way that motor plans for words can develop and best practice strategies for the communication partner. This foundational class will set the stage for AAC intervention that focuses on language acquisition and communication. In addition, participants will learn how to create the right learning environment and communication opportunities. While taking a client-centered approach, modeling, prompting and responding during AAC intervention will be reviewed. The class will conclude with some common signs of AAC success. Through demonstration, video and practice exercises, participants will learn about the fundamentals of AAC intervention.
This class is intended for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of AAC.
Devices are not required for this training. If you choose to bring a device, please bring an Accent 800, 1000, 1200 or 1400 running the latest version of software. Participants can bring a laptop computer pre-loaded with PASS demo software and the appropriate language system. If you want to use a Mac laptop you will need a Windows 7 or higher emulator with PASS installed. PASS software is not compatible with iPads.
Gretchen graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Before joining PRC, she worked as a speech language pathology assistant at a habilitation center which housed an adult population with varying degrees of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. During her time at the habilitation center, Gretchen worked with various types of augmentative communication. She worked closely with the psychology department to help reduce behaviors in consumers through their use of communication and helped to decrease the frustration associated with the inability to communicate. Gretchen prepared various AAC strategies, developed low tech solutions and programmed AAC devices for consumers. While at the habilitation center, Gretchen also had the opportunity to implement therapy for these various forms of alternative and augmentative communication.
Gretchen is a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
Financial: Gretchen Bright is a salaried employee and employee owner of PRC-Saltillo.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
Live online classes: Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.
In-person classes: All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.
Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.
An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information: www.asha.org
PRC-Saltillo licenses a patented technology that is in PRC-Saltillo products trademarked as Accent®, ChatFusion™, NovaChat®, PRiO®, TouchChat®, TouchChat® Express, Look™, NuEye®, and NuPoint®, as well as software (CoreScanner™, Essence®, VocabPC™, MultiChat15, UNIDAD®, Unity®, WordPower™, LAMP Words for Life®, LAMP Words for Life® - Spanish/English, LAMP Words for Life® - VI, TouchChat® app), and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC-Saltillo also has registered five websites, aacapps.com, aaclanguagelab.com, exploreaac.com, realizelanguage.com, and touchchatapp.com. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products/softwares/websites.
PRC presentations will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, Look, NuPoint, Unity, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, LAMP Words for Life - Sp/En, LAMP Words for Life - VI, CoreScanner, Essence, WordPower, Explore AAC, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.
Saltillo presentations will focus exclusively on ChatFusion, NovaChat, TouchChat, VocabPC, MultiChat15, WordPower, TouchChat app, Explore AAC, or TouchChat website.
WordPower is a trademark of Inman Innovations, Inc; © 2001-2019; All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of PRC-Saltillo. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.
This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
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