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November 2-4 2021

Virtual Pittsburgh AAC Language Seminar Series (PALSS)

 

Virtual PALSS will cover a range of topics over the course of 3 days using a variety of formats including lecture, breakout activity sessions, and hands-on follow along instruction with devices/software. Each day includes a lunch break and several short duration breaks. Registered participants will receive a detailed agenda.

 

Registration Fee: $224.00

 

DAY 1 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Core Vocabulary
Language Acquisition
Communication Partner Training
UNITY® Language System – Hands-on Time

DAY 2 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
Guest Speaker Presentation (Details Below)

DAY 3 – (10AM – 5:30PM EST)
System Design and User Success
Language Development in the Classroom
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Conversation with Chris Klein (UNITY® system user)
PASS Software Training
Natural Polysemy

PALSS Team

 

Guest Speaker Presentation:

AAC Language and Narrative Development through Storybook Reading

Tracy Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Language is initially learned in context. Through the process of “decontextualization” it becomes more representative. The process of decontextualization is one of the key dimensions of symbolic development that is embedded in the interrelated expansion of play and language. Narrative development incorporates skills used in extended discourse and interactive conversation. Although the importance of implementing language development strategies that are used in “normal language development” models is recognized for children who use AAC, there is a lack of understanding about the practical ways in which this can be accomplished.

This presentation will provide one model that can be implemented by families, teachers and therapists for a variety of age ranges and in a variety of settings, and promotes language learning, narrative and communication development in AAC. Using storybook reading, play-based activities that decontextualize the language provided and create rich language learning opportunities for narrative development using AAC are described and explored.