February 12-14 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:

Intervention Strategies to Support Emerging Communicators with Autism who Use AAC

Amy Frisbie, MA, CCC-SLP

In April 2018 the CDC released their latest report related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Currently, the prevalence of 8-year old children in the US with a diagnosis of autism is 1 in 59. Given these ever increasing numbers, many AAC specialists are seeing more and more children and young adults with ASD, who would benefit from AAC strategies and systems. The “spectrum” of autism looks different in each person, yet the core challenges remain the same. We will consider how any evidence-based ASD intervention must target these primary deficits related to social communication, including AAC. Topics will include updated diagnostic criteria of ASD, co-morbid diagnoses and their potential impact on communication and strategies for successful implementation of low and high-tech AAC systems. Case studies will help to illustrate the special considerations related to people with both complex communication needs (CCN) and autism.