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:
Sustainable AAC Intervention and Supports for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Gail Van Tatenhove, PA, MS, CCC-SLP
Many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are not getting appropriate AAC intervention or supports. Many used some type of AAC when in school, but are now living in the adult world with no reliable means of communication.
In this presentation, Gail will be addressing the issue of building a sustainable AAC program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in both adult day programs and residential facilities. The morning session will focus on intervention strategies that help build generative language and social interaction skills. The emphasis is on authentic intervention that builds independent communication skills. The afternoon session will address building sustainability for AAC through administrative support, staff training, peer mentoring and personal advocacy.