2004 Conference Proceedings

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Theresa Tanchak, M.S., CCC-SLP; ATP
Technology Services
Region IV Education Service Center
7145 West Tidwell
Houston, Texas 77092-2096
Phone: 713-744-6350
Email: ttanchak@esc4.net

The Assistive Technology Department at Region IV Education Service Center provides continuing education opportunities regarding various topics, among them is Core Vocabulary for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Speech-language pathologists, educators, and assistive technology specialists need to be well-informed to contribute to team decisions regarding an individual's augmentative communication options. Many people have difficulty sorting through all of the products available from various manufacturers. To assist these professionals, Angela Standridge and I developed a training with resources to assist us in explaining the many features of commercially available software. Our customers have found the charted information valuable when considering AAC systems for individuals.

The power of an augmentative/alternative communication system is dependent upon the selection and organization of the vocabulary. There are various high-technology communication systems, among them Pathfinder, Vanguard II, Vantage, DynaVox, DynaMyte, Impact Tablet and Tablet XL. There are many core vocabulary programs available, which include Unity, Gateway, WordPower, Picture WordPower, WordCore, and MinTalk. In addition, there are several different versions of Unity and Gateway for Language and Learning.

This session will explore various core vocabulary programs through lecture and brief demonstration. In addition, resources detailing information about various core vocabulary programs will be provided to participants.

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