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Training Targeting Skills in AAC Uses

Presenters
Jamie Judd-Wall, Executive Director
Technology and Inclusion
Box 150878, Austin, TX 78715-0878
Phone: voice/message: (512) 280-7235
Fax: (512) 291-1113
Email: jamie@taicenter.com 
Website: http://www.taicenter.com

Patrick McDaniel, Consultant
Technology and Inclusion
Box 150878, Austin, TX 78715-0878
Phone: voice/message: (512) 280-7235
Fax: (512) 291-1113
Website: http://www.taicenter.com

Abstract

For several years the staff at Technology and Inclusion has been developing training programs for users of augmentative communication devices to build their direct selection skills. Our clients have shown a higher than average success rate in using their devices for daily conversation.

Our goal in making this presentation is to share with the audience our differentiated training program, which addresses the unique needs of those AAC users with difficulty targeting specific locations on an augmentative communication device. Often, due to the user's difficulty targeting specific locations, we see the use of a single switch based strategy when direct selection offers a wider set of comments. Some users may perseverate on switch activation without attending to location content while other users seem to randomly touch (or even hit) locations without visual attending. Our training strategies have helped AAC users to grow through a series of learning steps from single message uses, like the use of a Big Mac, through a simple set of single message setups, like the use of a TechTalk, finally learning the use strategies of a dynamic display system, in this case a Gemini.

In this session we will be sharing samples of a series of communication strategies constructed for a 9 year old with cerebral palsy. Through a series of video vignettes, we will share:

We will specifically address:


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