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 three major topics: (1) 10 key issues that impact AAC system use with adults with IDD; (2) communication intervention the promotes a positive quality of life; and (3) training strategies for building sustainability in the support and use of AAC systems. Small group activities will allow all participants to discuss how the information in this presentation can be applied in their work. Small group projects, as time allows, will also be completed and shared with all participants.