There are many individuals who can access augmentative alternative communication (AAC) with the touch of a finger. However, there are also a significant number of people with more complex physical disabilities that require an alternative to touching a screen.
This three-hour class will give participants an overview of access method options in AAC. Using case studies, the following access methods will be reviewed: touch, NuPoint (cursor is controlled by head movement), NuEye (cursor is controlled by eye gaze), and one/two switch scanning. Through demonstration, videos, and audience participation attendees will learn about vocabulary, hardware, and software considerations when setting up an alternative access method for an individual.
This class in intended for professionals, parents, or individuals who use AAC who want to learn more about access method options in AAC.
You do not need to bring an AAC device to this training as equipment will be provided.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University and completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kansas in May of 2007. Her work in the field of assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) began on a grant in graduate school and has continued throughout her entire career.
Jennifer has worked with diverse pediatric populations with a variety of communication needs. Her career began in the public school system, where she worked with children and adolescents with special needs, focusing on individuals who benefited from the support of AAC. Prior to joining PRC, she provided home-based speech-language pathology services to individuals across the lifespan, again focusing on individuals with AAC needs or emerging language skills. Across settings, Jennifer has served as a clinical supervisor and professional development resource, providing AAC training and support to families and professionals.
Jennifer holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12 (AAC Division).
Financial: Jennifer Vallier 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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