This one-hour AAC implementation class focuses on pre-literacy instruction for children who use AAC. The first portion of the class defines emergent literacy, discusses its components and reviews goals for the emergent reader. The bulk and remainder of the class discusses strategies to use with an emergent reader, specifically shared reading practices. Practical examples and materials are provided in order for participants to begin literacy instruction with children who use AAC.
This class is intended for people who educate students who use AAC in a classroom setting.
Beth Waite-Lafever has her Bachelors and Masters in speech-language pathology and over 30 years of experience working with individuals using AAC. She has her RESNA ATP, which means she is certified as an assistive technology professional. Beth has worked in outpatient rehabilitation, public school, taught university courses and has presented on AAC at the national and international level. Currently she is in private practice working directly with individuals with significant communication deficits, providing professional development for schools/agencies, and consulting with public schools regarding curriculum and services to support students using AAC.
Financial: Beth Waite-Lafever is contracted by the Prentke Romich Company.
Nonfinancial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
The presenter was well-organized and knowledgeable about the topic being covered. She gave out good ideas for activities to be used during therapy sessions and it was clear that she was up-to-date on research as well as understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities of an SLP. Grace L.