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Building Steps In An AAC Device, We've Got The Plan

Presenters
Teri Madak
Prentke Romich Company
31 Pine Road, Guntersville, AL 35976
Email: augtalk@charter.net

Well, you've decided that the client you are working with can value from an AAC system of some kind and level. Whether that is a symbol board, manual board, AlphaTalker III or a SpringBoard, they have started up the path to language output. You are currently using that system with your client and are looking into the future.

I'm sure from the beginning that your thought was to assist this person using this system to reach their maximum potential in communication. With that in mind we have to start from the beginning with a plan for the future. Moving someone along through different systems can be a very systematic plan or a haphazard emotional roller coaster. I've experienced both.

In this session we are going to focus on the planning of how from the very beginning you can see down the road and chart your clients communication growth in a smooth and successful way. In this discussion we will need to talk about the following considerations: language needs for the normal language developmental process; literacy components for success in reading and writing; language activity monitoring, to allow for concise measurement of language growth; selection of symbols and their representation system type; key size and placement; selection technique needed to access the system, be prepared that this may change as you progress; mounting options; teaching materials and overall support from the manufacturer. From here we will look at milestones that help us to determine when the client is ready to move from one device to another, why you might want to move to another system and then suggestions of how that move can be made across a lot of different options. There are therapy ideas as well as computer hardware that will transfer language from one device to another.

Time will be allotted for sharing ideas others have used both success stories as well as those others we'd rather not remember.


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