We were excited to offer a series of FREE webinars to help you up your AAC game this year! This series highlights past Indiana AAC Summit attendees and former presenters.
Building Communication in an Autism-focused Classroom
with Kim Hurley, M.A., CCC-SLP
The McCormick's Creek Elementary School's ACE room was originally established to serve students with Autism or similar communication disorders. While many students have adequate speech skills, some require additional communication supports. With the help of a dedicated 'Communication Aide' and teacher support, students are using communication aids such as PECS, voice output, and communication boards for a variety of communication functions. The biggest growth in this area has been staff buy-in, culminating in administrative buy-in for a whole-staff training on communication supports including LAMP Words for Life.
· Attendees will be able to identify at least 2 resources for staff training
· Attendees will be able to name at least 2 strategies for supporting staff modeling and carryover in the classroom
· Attendees will be able to identify at least 3 resources for writing meaningful communication goals that support language and academic growth
Helping Students with Complex Needs THRIVE through Literacy Instruction with Beth Moss, M.A., CCC-SLP and Katelyn Hardesty, B.A.
Participants will learn about various literacy strategies implemented in our THRIVE (life skills) elementary classrooms and how we have used “PD in the Moment” to share these strategies with classroom teachers. Conventional and Emergent literacy instructional ideas will be shared to help participants learn how to increase participation, engagement, and excitement about literacy instruction for students with cognitive disabilities and complex communication needs. We will share how we combine our standards-based curriculum and concepts learned from the work of Karen Erickson and David Koppenhaver to help your Literacy Instruction THRIVE.
· Participants will name the 4 questions to ask when determining where to start with literacy instruction
· Participants will list 4 strategies to support Emergent and Conventional literacy Instruction
· Participants will leave with at least 2 ideas for literacy instruction to implement tomorrow for students with complex needs
Meeting Rigorous Academic Expectations with AAC in Secondary Education with Keshia Bell, B.S, Catherine Brown, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Sami Johnson, B.S.
Have you wondered what the future looks like for students with complex communication needs pursuing their Certificate of Completion under the new Indiana State Law? How do you plan? What classes do you have? How do you integrate AAC *almost* seamlessly into core content areas? Join us in this session to get some answers and see how we are tackling some of these questions and meeting the academic requirements for the Certificate of Completion for all of our students.
· Participants will identify Content Connectors that can be matched up with multi-sensory activities
· Participants will preview some examples of lessons and adapted content to meet Core Content Connectors
· Participates will create an outline for a targeted academic content area based on the examples shared
Secondary Literacy Instruction for Students with Complex Communication Needs with Sami Johnson, B.S. and Conner Edwards, B.S.
Come learn practical resources & interventions that meet the academic standards of the new Indiana Certificate of Completion while also focusing on emergent literacy skills of students with complex needs. The work of Dr. Erikson, Musselwhite, & Koppenhaver will be showcased in a variety of ways that highlight the work of 12 high school students as they use emergent and conventional literacy strategies in the realms of listening, speaking, reading, & writing.
· Participants will list elements of Emergent & Conventional Reading
· Participants will identify 5 literacy activities that they could implement in their classroom
· Participants will list core vocabulary that could be used in each literacy activity