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December 8-10 2020

Due to COVID-19 gathering and travel guidelines that vary state to state, this seminar will be virtually presented as an online webinar and will not take place as a gathering in Pittsburgh. No travel will be required. We ask that registrants commit to participating in the complete 3 day webinar.

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:

Training the Trainer: How to Teach the Minspeak® Language System

Meher Banajee, PhD, CCC-SLP

This presentation will focus on how to teach the Minspeak® language system using adult learning strategies at the pre-service and in-service level. Although this encompasses a variety of stakeholders including students, faculty, colleagues and parents; the underlying concepts and methods are inter-related. Resources for the development of teaching strategies and materials, as well as assessment tools for individuals using the Minspeak® language system will be demonstrated. This presentation will further discuss the possibility of developing a mentorship program for collaboration between special and general education teachers as well as speech-language therapists, paraprofessionals and parents. In the present day of ever changing technology it is important to bridge distance between providers and their clients as well as other professionals or parents who support the client. Principles incorporating Telepractice (or TeleMinspeak) will be used to provide information to bridge this gap.