March 19-21 2019

PALSS Standard Content

Bruce Baker, AM, LHD, (Hons. caus.)
Debbie Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP
Tracy Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP
Russell Cross, BSc (Hons.), DipCST, MRCSLT

Each PALSS event regularly includes presentations of Bruce Baker’s work and presentations by Debbie Witkowski, Russell Cross, and Tracy Kovach. The seminar includes theoretical and practical information regarding vocabulary selection, language development and building competence for individuals who use AAC. In addition, the importance of building motor automaticity when using AAC systems will be discussed. Participants will also have the opportunity for hands-on practice with the UNITY® language system.


Guest Presenter Topic:

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive AAC: Meeting the Needs of ALL Clients

Gloria Soto, PhD, CCC-SLP

In the US many clients in need of AAC services come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Although in principle, service providers may see the need to preserve their clients’ heritage languages and cultures, they may lack the knowledge and means to do so. Both intrinsic (e.g., second language competency, beliefs, mindset) and extrinsic factors (e.g., available technologies) may account for  service providers’ clinical decisions and choices on language use. Appropriate AAC service delivery to clients from CLD backgrounds requires not only appropriate technologies but also research-based evidence on the efficacy of intervention approaches.

This seminar will describe the principles of a culturally and linguistically responsive approach to AAC and the existing evidence supporting that course of action. These principles and evidence will be applied to five broad areas of AAC practice including:

(a) culturally responsive AAC assessment

(b) culturally responsive AAC programming and intervention

(c) culturally responsive collaborative teaming

(d) culturally responsive development of AAC applications to support language development in children who are exposed to more than one language

(e) professional development to support the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse clients