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Early Intervention Strategies for Communication and Literacy Development - September 29

Early Intervention Strategies for Communication and Literacy Development

Language and communication is at the root of all learning.  Providing early intervention support to children with speech and language disorders is therefore critical for facilitating growth in all domains.  Attainment Company’s TELL ME Program – AAC in the Preschool Classroom, written by Carole Zangari, PhD, CCC-SLP and Lori Wise, MS is a valuable tool for systematically teaching language and literacy via a multimodal approach.  Join NEAT for a webinar that shares the foundation of teaching core vocabulary to young children in a fun and focused manner that aligns with the TELL ME program. 

Objective 1: Define core vocabulary as it relates to the pediatric population.

Objective 2: Describe two multimodal methods for facilitating communication and literacy development.

Objective 3: Identify a published program that contains research-supported lesson plans. 

Live Webinar

Date and Time: Friday, September 29, 2017  |  12 pm – 1 pm (eastern time)

Registration begins at 8:30 am

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

Fee: $30 for members / $35 for non-members                   

Includes Contact Hours

Presenter:  Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist

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Engineering Core Vocabulary into Your Classroom: The Where, the What, and the How!- November 1

Engineering Core Vocabulary into Your Classroom: The Where, the What, and the How!

“Core vocabulary” is a buzz phrase that has emerged and exploded within the field of augmentative and alternative communication in recent years. Professionals are beginning to understand core vocabulary as it is defined, but the implementation process of such words continues to be a widespread challenge. Using case studies, product demonstrations, and systematic lesson plan designs, this presentation will focus on moving teams beyond the basic definition of core vocabulary and towards consistent and successful application of these high frequency words. Ultimately, teams will learn methods for designing language-based classrooms wherein targeted vocabulary becomes incorporated naturally. When utilized appropriately, core vocabulary can become the stem from which all other learning and development grows. 

Objective 1: Identify at least two classroom areas or activities wherein core vocabulary can be incorporated.

Objective 2: List at least two technology tools and their uses for teaching core vocabulary.

Objective 3: Create a take-home AAC Instruction Plan to systematically implement core vocabulary. 

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 1, 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 Assistive Technology Conference of New England- November 31 & December 1

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This November 31st and December 1, 2017, The Assistive Technology Conference of New England will be held in Warwick, RI.  TechACCESS hosts this incredible conference which is full of diverse presentations and delivered by national speakers and experts in the field of AT.  NEAT is proud to announce that we will have a significant presence there this year.  Our incredibly talented staff will be presenting their vast knowledge and available for networking opportunities. 


Here is what you can expect from NEAT:
A full-day, preconference session on “Autism, Apps, and AT… oh my!“, by Nicole Feeney
Our 75 minute sessions include
  • Meltdowns, Movement, Anxiety, and Agita: Can Assistive Technology Help?, by Jane Lefante
  • Engineering Core Vocabulary into Your Classroom: The Where, the What, and the How!, by Elena Fader
  • The Journey to Independence, by Steve Famiglietti
  • Utilizing Smart Technology to Combat Social Isolation for the Aging in Place Community, by Kris Thompson

And Don Hoerman in the exhibit hall featuring NEAT’s Equipment Restoration Center (ERC)To register or simply find out more about the Assistive Technology Conference of New England, visit http://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/.

Banishing Barriers: An Exploration of AAC Access Methods- March 14

Banishing Barriers: An Exploration of AAC Access Methods 

Physical disabilities are common barriers that interfere with successful access to augmentative and alternative communication.  Individuals with physical disabilities who are unable to use traditional direct selection methods nonetheless have a basic human right to communicate.  Teams within all settings, including schools and medical facilities, must consider creative ways to provide these individuals with access to communication.  This full-day workshop will explore tools along the assistive technology continuum, ranging from using a stylus or keyguard to incorporating switches and eye gaze systems.  Using case studies and hands-on activities, participants will learn innovative approaches to discovering a user’s access point and access method for attaining communication.  Resources will be shared to facilitate a team’s consideration process. 

Note: The presenter is a speech-language pathologist, not an occupational therapist or physical therapist.  Team collaboration during an evaluation is always encouraged. 

Objective 1: Recognize three types of AT tools that can be used to support alternative access to AAC.

Objective 2: List two considerations to make when identifying an access solution.

Objective 3: Simulate use of one alternative access method to enhance perspective and understanding. 

Date and Time:  Wednesday, March 14, 2018  |  9 am – 3 pm

Registration begins at 8:30 am

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

Fee: $100 for members / $150 for non-members                           

Includes Contact Hours

Presenter: Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist

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