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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Social Scripts for AAC - Inexpensive Carol Musselwhite training ($60, 12/1/11, San Marcos)

Can We Chat?  Social Scripts for AAC Users

When:  Thursday, 12/01/11, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Where:  North County Regional Education Center, 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA 92069
Cost: $60.00
(1-day conferences from NCCSE are offered at a flat rate of $60 – amazing!)
CLICK HERE and scroll down to Dec 1 to register
Presenter:  Dr Caroline Musselwhite PhD, CCC/SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist and an Assistive Technology Specialist with more than 25 years experience working with children and adolescents with severe disabilities. She has lectured at universities, authored books and software programs, and is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). She is a truly dynamic and inspirational presenter whose enthusiasm for her work is catching!

PLEASE NOTE: Participants will receive the Can We Chat training manual (Musselwhite & Burkhart) plus the Can We Chat CD (valued at $47).

Target Audience: Teachers, speech-language pathologists, paraeducators and parents.

Description: In 1985, Arlene Kraat published a research-based summary of a number of problem areas in the growing field of AAC: 1) Communication displays / devices rarely used; 2) AAC users typically respondents, not initiators; 3) Limited range of functions, etc. We're well into the new millennium... and most of those problems are still with us!

Social Scripts ensure that augmented communicators - even those with limited access skills - can achieve interactions that are frequent, motivating, self-initiated, varied, ongoing, with multiple turns, and with a range of partners, including peers. Strategies will be provided for creating, programming, and teaching the use of social scripts to support accessing skills as well as conversational skills. This session will include brainstorming and opportunities for creating and evaluating social scripts.

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