Students who use AAC typically receive much of their language intervention in the classroom. Given this, it is important to teach vocabulary and language concepts as well as academic content when delivering curriculum. In order to achieve this, often the curriculum may need to be modified and the essence of the core standard identified to match the abilities and learning styles of the students.
This class focuses on using backwards planning as a method to create authentic and meaningful lessons for emerging communicators. The sample lesson will include: identifying a Common Core standard, reframing that standard into a child-friendly learning target, planning for assessment, and determining the activity, instructional materials and lesson plan. Science lessons are used for the examples; however, this process can be applied to any content area. Video of educators and emerging communicators who use AAC will be shown to demonstrate the various stages of creating a lesson using backwards planning.
This class is intended for people who educate students who use AAC in a classroom setting.
Michele Boruta is an AAC and education consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She taught special education and AAC in Oakland Public Schools for 10 years, and has consulted both privately and with the public schools for 5 years. Michele has a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Her Masters in Special Education and AAC endorsement are from San Francisco State University. Michele has a growing record of publications and presentations on language and literacy instruction for students with AAC needs. Her areas of interest include curriculum design, language and literacy intervention, and personal narrative for students with AAC needs.
Financial: Michele Boruta is contracted by the Prentke Romich Company.
Nonfinancial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Kara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech Pathology in August of 2003 at Northern Arizona University. Since receiving her Masters, Kara has specialized in the field of assistive technology and augmentative/alternative communication serving both children and adults who use speech generating devices and other assistive technology. In her most recent position, she was responsible for developing and teaching a middle school special education classroom for orthopedically impaired students using speech generating devices to communicate and access their educational curricula. Kara has experience providing training and technical support to clinicians, teachers, and families of device users.
Kara holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), has a California Speech Language Pathology License, and holds a California Professional Clear Clinical and Rehabilitative Services Credential. Kara is also a member of the ASHA Division 12 (AAC division) and a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Prior to joining PRC, Kara received the Clinician of the Year award from the Arizona Speech-Language and Hearing Association and, since working with PRC, has become a member of our marketing committee.
Financial: Kara Bidstrup is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.
Nonfinancial: Kara Bidstrup is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, is a member of ASHA, ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (AAC SIG), International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), has a California Speech Language Pathology License and holds a California Professional Clear Clinical and Rehabilitative Services Credential.