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Overview

course-thumbnailJoin us for the Northeast AAC Summit on May 17th at Maine Community College in South Portland, ME. It will be a day of learning, sharing,

mentoring, collaborating, and hands-on exploration with your AAC Colleagues! Special guest speakers include teams from Boothby Therapy Services, Pine Tree Society, and Gray Consulting.


Session Highlights:

  • Mentoring & Collaboration in AAC: Learn from Amy Bereiter & Sabrina Williams from Boothby about their experiences working together to enhance AAC outcomes.
  • Falling Into an AAC Practice: Learn from Linda Bonnar & Katie Beech about their experiences diving into AAC Evaluations and creating an AAC camp at Pine Tree.
  • AAC and Assistive Technology in the IEP: Learn from Heather Gray from Gray Consulting about advocating for services and technology for students with complex communication needs.
  • Northeast AAC Town Hall: YOUR chance to collaborate with fellow SLPs and grow your AAC skills and awareness.
  • AAC Hands-On Session: Chance to explore current AAC devices and options with your Northeast regional PRC-Saltillo consultants.


We offer a 50% discount for students in professional programs. ASHA CEUs will not be processed for discounted registrations.

Use code SUMMIT50 at checkout.


Learner Outcomes:

  1. Describe 3 successful strategies/processes other teams have used in AAC evaluations or intervention.
  2. Discuss 3 common barriers to providing evaluations or intervention in the field of AAC.
  3. Identify 2 resources for implementation of AAC evaluation and intervention.
  4. Name 2 vocabulary or device features to further explore in AAC evaluation and intervention.
  5. Identify 2 new tools or strategies for inclusion into your daily practice with AAC evaluation and intervention.


Agenda:

15 minutes - Introduction

165 minutes - Sessions of Learning Through AAC Stories

60 minutes - Town Hall group Q+A based on AAC Stories sessions

60 minutes - Hands-on device sessions with consultants


Presenters:

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Amy Bereiter, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP, BCS-CL

Amy Bereiter received her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Redlands. She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2004, working with toddlers through young adults, and has worked in a wide range of settings including in-home early intervention, early childhood and elementary special education, pediatric rehabilitation, University clinic, and private practice. Amy specializes in language development of Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) communicators and working with children who exhibit complex communication needs. She is also a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, a LAMP Certified Professional, and Board Certified Specialist in Child Language. She has worked closely with families and teams to educate and support implementation of AAC across environments. She also co-developed and taught a graduate level course on AAC and has provided guest lectures in graduate level courses on numerous occasions. She has presented locally, regionally, and internationally on AAC implementation with a focus on language development. Amy is an active member of ASHA SIGs 1 and 12 and a committee member for the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders. She is currently a Related Services Manager at Boothby Therapy Services, where she provides Professional Development for school based teams in the area of AAC and manages the team of AAC specialists who conduct AAC evaluations and AAC consultations across NH and ME.


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Sabrina Williams, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

I have been a speech-language pathologist since 2019, working primarily with toddlers through young adults in the school and outpatient setting. I currently work within the school setting, with a large portion of my caseload dedicated to supporting complex communicators in becoming more independent with their communication. I am also passionate about implementing neurodiversity-affirming practices to support student’s self-advocacy skills both at school and within their community.


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Linda Bonnar, M.A. CCC-SLP/ATP  

Linda Bonnar is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Professional with more than 30 years of experience. She is the director of Communication Pathways, Pine Tree Society’s speech language and assistive technology program.

Linda believes everyone has the potential to communicate and that by connecting people with the tools that are right for them, the pathway is created that makes that communication possible. She is passionate about finding ways to help every individual reach their goals and increase their independence.

She is a frequent lecturer and mentor for new professionals in the field and has carried her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Correction from the University of Maine Farmington, her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Maine Orono and her assistive technology professional certificate from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.


Katie Beach, M.A., CCC-SLP

Katie (Katherine) Beach was educated in Early Childhood Special Education and K-3 Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Farmington prior to completing her graduate studies at the University of Maine, in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Katie Graduated in 2018 from the University of Maine and worked for a year and a half with a private practice before transitioning to Pine Tree Society where she has evaluated and acquired AAC devices for students and adults all over the state of Maine over the past four years. In addition to assessment, Katie has worked with many AAC users with a variety of programs, access methods, and ability levels to best meet their communication needs.


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Heather Gray, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

Heather is a licensed speech and language pathologist and founder of Gray Consulting and Therapy, LLC. She obtained her B.S. with a double major in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Maine. Ms. Gray completed graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During this time, she completed the MCH-LEND traineeship in neurodevelopmental disabilities. In 2013, Ms. Gray obtained her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credential through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, (RESNA). She has a passion for collaboration, assistive technology and AAC.


Please note the following details regarding this course: 

  • You must register for this course using your own AACLJ account.
  • All attendees will have the opportunity to download a Certificate of Attendance/Completion, depending on the class.
  • ASHA CEU and certificate eligibility require complete live attendance.
  • Certificates will be available to participants with verified attendance within a 2-week processing period.


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Session Dates:

  • Northeast AAC Summit: Learning Through AAC Stories
    May 17, 2024 : 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT




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