Conference

Peter Comeau comeau at MSMAILHUB.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU
Wed Jul 23 08:39:51 EST 1997


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                    AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION:
                    BACK TO THE BASICS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1997 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 2,1997

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Do you work with children or adults with limited verbal potential and
cognitive deficits?  Are you looking for ways to provide more
inclusionary opportunities for individuals who are severely speech
disordered?  Are you also faced with shrinking budgets?  This workshop
will provide participants with solutions to these challenging problems.

Sophisticated, expensive electronic communication devices are
commercially available.  However, non-electronic inexpensive systems
remain a viable option for individuals with limited verbal potential and
cognitive deficits.  This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview
of Low-Tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication and will cover
information including:

(1) the selection of appropriate AAC candidates;

(2) the types of non-electronic communication systems that can be
constructed;

(3) where and how to begin training;

(4) how to integrate the system into natural environments and

(5)  a description of a successful staff training program to improve
integration of AAC.

The principles and practices to be discussed have broad application for
those working with children and adults who are severely speech
disordered, including persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental
Disabilities and can be adapted to any setting.  In the face of budget
cutbacks and the trend toward inclusion we must reexamine the usefulness
of inexpensive, easy to construct communication systems and how to
effectively include users and their AAC systems in daily environments.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Professionals with little or no experience with AAC, including:

Speech-Language Pathologists
Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Occupational Therapists
Physical Therapists
Psychologists
Teachers/Special Educators
Program Administrators
Direct Care Staff


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1997

8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00-10:15 Introduction to AAC
  Candidates for AAC

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Types of Low-Tech AAC Systems

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Design/Construction of Low-Tech AAC Systems

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 AAC Intervention

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2,1997

8:30-9:00 Coffee

9:00-10:15 Integrating AAC Systems in Natural Environments

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Staff Training to Facilitate AAC Integration Rationale for
Staff Training Program in AAC

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 A 4 Phase Staff Training Program in AAC

3:00-3:15 Break

3:15-5:00 4 Phase Staff Training Program (cont.)


WORKSHOP FACULTY

Mark J. Budde, Ed.D., C.C.C.-SLP is Coordinator of Augmentative Services
at The Shield Institute.  He has extensive experience working with
children and adults with MR/DD.  He is also an Assistant Adjunct
Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Elizabeth LaMarca, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP is an Associate Program Director at
The Shield Institute.  Her experience includes work with children and
adults with MR/DD in clinical, educational and day treatment settings.
She is also an Instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University in
the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Cynthia S. Cohen, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP is a Program Coordinator and a
Clinical Supervisor at The Shield Institute.  Her experience includes
assessment and diagnosis of individuals with MR/DD requiring low and
high tech augmentative communication systems with specific interest in
integrating systems into the users' natural environment.  She is also an
Instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

ABOUT THE A.C.T. CENTER

The Shield Institute Augmentative Communication and Technology Center
provides specialized diagnostic and therapeutic services to both
children and adults with MR/DD who are in need of augmentative
communication systems.  For more information about the A.C.T. Center,
contact:

The Shield Institute
Augmentative Communication and Technology Center
144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
(718)939-8700 ext. 241/242

ABOUT T-TAC

The Shield Institute Training and Technical Assistance Center consists
of a core group of professionals with varied and extensive experience in
both training and developmental disabilities.  Each training associate
brings a unique experience base that when pooled together enables us to
provide cutting edge training and technical assistance to the human
service field.  Areas include:

Sexuality
Speech and Language
Abuse and Disabilities
Mandated NYS Child Abuse Identification & Reporting Certification Course

Counseling and Therapy
Family Services
Behavioral Supports

For further information about the conference contact:


                         The Center for Educational Outreach and
                         Innovation
                         Teachers College - Columbia University
                         212-678-3987
                         212-678-8417 (fax)

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1997 &amp; SATURDAY, AUGUST 2,1997

<P><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">ABOUT THE WORKSHOP</FONT></B>

<P>Do you work with children or adults with limited verbal potential and
cognitive deficits?&nbsp; Are you looking for ways to provide more inclusionary
opportunities for individuals who are severely speech disordered?&nbsp;
Are you also faced with shrinking budgets?&nbsp; This workshop will provide
participants with solutions to these challenging problems.

<P>Sophisticated, expensive electronic communication devices are commercially
available.&nbsp; However, non-electronic inexpensive systems remain a viable
option for individuals with limited verbal potential and cognitive deficits.&nbsp;
This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of Low-Tech Augmentative
and Alternative Communication and will cover information including:

<P>(1) the selection of appropriate AAC candidates;

<P>(2) the types of non-electronic communication systems that can be constructed;

<P>(3) where and how to begin training;

<P>(4) how to integrate the system into natural environments and

<P>(5)&nbsp; a description of a successful staff training program to improve
integration of AAC.

<P>The principles and practices to be discussed have broad application
for those working with children and adults who are severely speech disordered,
including persons with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities and
can be adapted to any setting.&nbsp; In the face of budget cutbacks and
the trend toward inclusion we must reexamine the usefulness of inexpensive,
easy to construct communication systems and how to effectively include
users and their AAC systems in daily environments.
<BR>&nbsp;

<P><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">WHO SHOULD ATTEND</FONT></B>

<P>Professionals with little or no experience with AAC, including:

<P>Speech-Language Pathologists
<BR>Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
<BR>Occupational Therapists
<BR>Physical Therapists
<BR>Psychologists
<BR>Teachers/Special Educators
<BR>Program Administrators
<BR>Direct Care Staff
<BR>&nbsp;

<P><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">WORKSHOP PROGRAM</FONT></B>

<P>FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1997

<P>8:30-9:00 Registration and Coffee

<P>9:00-10:15 Introduction to AAC
<BR>&nbsp; Candidates for AAC

<P>10:15-10:30 Break

<P>10:30-12:00 Types of Low-Tech AAC Systems

<P>12:00-1:00 Lunch

<P>1:00-3:00 Design/Construction of Low-Tech AAC Systems

<P>3:00-3:15 Break

<P>3:15-5:00 AAC Intervention

<P>SATURDAY, AUGUST 2,1997

<P>8:30-9:00 Coffee

<P>9:00-10:15 Integrating AAC Systems in Natural Environments

<P>10:15-10:30 Break

<P>10:30-12:00 Staff Training to Facilitate AAC Integration Rationale for
Staff Training Program in AAC

<P>12:00-1:00 Lunch

<P>1:00-3:00 A 4 Phase Staff Training Program in AAC

<P>3:00-3:15 Break

<P>3:15-5:00 4 Phase Staff Training Program (cont.)
<BR>&nbsp;

<P><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">WORKSHOP FACULTY</FONT></B>

<P>Mark J. Budde, Ed.D., C.C.C.-SLP is Coordinator of Augmentative Services
at The Shield Institute.&nbsp; He has extensive experience working with
children and adults with MR/DD.&nbsp; He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor
in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Teachers
College, Columbia University.

<P>Elizabeth LaMarca, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP is an Associate Program Director
at The Shield Institute.&nbsp; Her experience includes work with children
and adults with MR/DD in clinical, educational and day treatment settings.&nbsp;
She is also an Instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the
Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

<P>Cynthia S. Cohen, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP is a Program Coordinator and a Clinical
Supervisor at The Shield Institute.&nbsp; Her experience includes assessment
and diagnosis of individuals with MR/DD requiring low and high tech augmentative
communication systems with specific interest in integrating systems into
the users' natural environment.&nbsp; She is also an Instructor at Teachers
College, Columbia University in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology
and Audiology.

<P>ABOUT THE A.C.T. CENTER

<P>The Shield Institute Augmentative Communication and Technology Center
provides specialized diagnostic and therapeutic services to both children
and adults with MR/DD who are in need of augmentative communication systems.&nbsp;
For more information about the A.C.T. Center, contact:

<P>The Shield Institute
<BR>Augmentative Communication and Technology Center
<BR>144-61 Roosevelt Avenue
<BR>Flushing, NY 11354
<BR>(718)939-8700 ext. 241/242

<P>ABOUT T-TAC

<P>The Shield Institute Training and Technical Assistance Center consists
of a core group of professionals with varied and extensive experience in
both training and developmental disabilities.&nbsp; Each training associate
brings a unique experience base that when pooled together enables us to
provide cutting edge training and technical assistance to the human service
field.&nbsp; Areas include:

<P>Sexuality
<BR>Speech and Language
<BR>Abuse and Disabilities
<BR>Mandated NYS Child Abuse Identification &amp; Reporting Certification
Course
<BR>Counseling and Therapy
<BR>Family Services
<BR>Behavioral Supports

<P>For further information about the conference contact:
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<UL><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">The Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation</FONT></B>
<BR><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">Teachers College - Columbia University</FONT></B>
<BR><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">212-678-3987</FONT></B>
<BR><B><FONT COLOR="#3333FF">212-678-8417 (fax)</FONT></B></UL>
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