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The Power of Paras: Strategies for Paraprofessionals to Support AAC Use within the School Setting- February 24th, 2017. 9am-12pm

Children with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and who have support from a paraprofessional have a solid foundation for communication success. Their paraprofessionals are often the adults with whom they spend the most amount of time during the day. For this reason, it is critical for paraprofessionals to have a strong skillset for supporting language development and AAC implementation within various school contexts and environments. This 3 hour workshop will provide paraprofessionals and teachers with knowledge about aided language stimulation and structured vocabulary lesson plans in order to help their students become effective communicators.

Participants will:
1. Learn research-based methods for teaching a student to use an AAC device
2. Be empowered to promote language development in a consistent and effective manner
3. Understand ways to incorporate core and fringe vocabulary into daily lessons and activities
 
Date and Time: Friday, February 24, 2017  |  9 am – 12 pm                            Registration begins at 8:30 am
Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  
Fee: $75 for members / $100 for non-members                  
Includes Contact Hours 
Presenter: Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist

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The Big Three: Apple, Microsoft and Android- March 22, 2017 10am-1pm

The Big Three:  Apple, Microsoft and Android

Join us for a demonstration of the built-in accessibility features found within the tablet world.  We will examine an Apple iPad, a Windows Surface Pro and an Android tablet to see what accessibility features are found in each device and how usable these features can be if you have low vision or blindness.  We’ll also take a look at some of the most popular apps found for each device. 

 Participants will:

1.  Understand the various accessibility options for low vision and blindness users on multiple platforms.

2.  Identify various apps to support independence and productivity.

3.  Determine the benefits of each and how they address an individual’s specific needs.

 Date and Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2017  |  10 am – 1 pm

Registration begins at 9:30 am

Location:       New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  

Fee:              $75 for members / $100 for non-members                 

Includes Contact Hours

Presenter:     Steve Famiglietti 

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LAMP Training- March 27, 2017. 9am-3:30pm

What is LAMP?

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. LAMP gives individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves with a voice output AAC device. The components of LAMP address the features and vocabulary available on the device as well as the method of teaching communication while taking into account the individual’s sensory needs.

LAMP was initially developed to give nonverbal individuals with autism a means of communication but can be adapted to benefit individuals with a variety of disabilities.

It’s often noted that as communication skills improve, social engagement increases, problematic behaviors decline, and some individuals exhibit increased verbal speech.

 Workshop Description

This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner in motivating activities, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how LAMP addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components. Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components.

The workshop will also cover:

  • The role of motor learning in language development
  • Device features that support implementation
  • Choosing and teaching vocabulary
  • Introduction to the LAMP Words for Life™ language system for iPad® and PRC devices

Due to the limited duration of this course, hands-on time with devices will be limited to breaks.

 Presenter

Teresa Parrill, M.S., CCC-SLP

Teresa acquired her undergraduate degree in speech pathology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995, and her Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997.

Teresa Parrill is a speech-language pathologist employed in several areas of her field. She works with local companies in Colorado to provide speech and language services for children ages 0-16. Her first love is augmentative communication, and she enjoys consulting with individuals around the state on providing the most appropriate means to enhance their communicative abilities.

 Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for speech language pathologists, teachers, occupational therapists, parents and anyone who supports individuals who are nonverbal. We are pleased to offer ASHA CEUs. Upon course completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance which may be submitted to satisfy continuing education requirements for other professional organizations.

 Location

New England Assistive Technology

NEAT, an Oak Hill Center

33 Coventry Street

Hartford, CT 06112

 Cost & Registration

$125*

0.5 ASHA CEUs/5 Contact Hours

To Register, Visit:

http://www.aacandautism.com/trng20

 * A 50% discount is available for parents and students. Email michelle.kelsey@aacandautism.com to register.

Oak Hill Continuum Conference- April 4th. 9:30am-3pm


About: Navigating disability services in Connecticut across the lifespan can be challenging for individuals, caregivers, and professionals. Oak Hill and affiliates, offer a continuum of care, complete with helpful resources for everyone. Join us for a FREE (with pre-event registration) seminar about services from Birth to Senior Care. Areas of focus will include early intervention, education, assistive technology, health/wellness, clinical, independent living, in-home supports, community companion homes, residential, vocational, and so much more.

 

Who? Everyone is welcome. Presentations will be geared toward caregivers and professionals supporting children, youth, and adults with disabilities.

 

When? Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 9:30AM – 3:30PM

 

Where? NEAT, 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT 06112


Registration: Pre-Event registration is required

 

Conference Fee: FREE (with pre-event registration)


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A Special Event for Autism Awareness! Autism, Apps, and AT…oh my!- Thursday, April 6th, 2017. 9am-3pm

Participants will learn about various assistive technology tools that can help support students with Autism in the classroom setting.  There will be demonstrations and resources provided about the top apps for Android, Chrome and iPad.  These supports will include items for teaching social skills, play and leisure time, academic and functional skills, visual supports and schedules and adapted books as well as social stories. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am
Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  
Fee: $40 members/non-members
          Includes Contact Hours 
Presenter: Nicole Feeney, M.Ed., Director of Assistive Technology 

 

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Members ATventure- Session #3- May 2nd, 2017. 1pm-4pm


NEAT (New England Assistive Technology) invites staff from member districts to join us in an ATventure to learn about, network with others and explore the possibilities of assistive technology.  These ATventures will be led by Assistive Technology Specialists at the NEAT during three (3) separate sessions throughout the 2016-2017 fiscal/school year.  Each session provides different topics and will include the hottest trends and latest tools in education and assistive technology, including input from members as to what areas of AT would most benefit them and their schools.  Topics will include tools, strategies and technology that facilitate - Student Created Content, Collaborative Learning, Active Learning, Personal Learning Networks, Mobile Learning, Competency Based Learning, and Social Learning. 
Districts are welcome to send up to 10 staff to each session. 
Registration is required for this free member event. 

 


Presenter: NEAT Assistive Technology Specialists

Fee: FREE for Members

Location: New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), 33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT  



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