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Quarterly Meetings - VC

- Ventura County -


Winter 2016 Quarterly Meeting 
Thursday, January 28 February 4th, 2016 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) at A1 Speech Therapy
400 Camarillo Ranch Road, Suite #209, Camarillo, CA 93021,  (805) 443-0788 Tel.

Fall Quarterly Meeting, 2015 

When:  Thursday, September 24th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: A1 Speech Therapy, Inc.
             400 Camarillo Ranch Road, Suite #209
             Camarillo, CA 93021
             (805) 443-0788 Tel.
Who: Speech people, OT people, AT people, parents, teachers, others?

FREE as always. Bring a colleague.

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SCAAC-N Ventura County Spring Meeting Notes 
Thursday, 5/28/15, 5:45-7:45 p.m.

On May 28, 2015, A1 Speech Therapy in Camarillo, CA, hosted the first Ventura County quarterly meeting of the Southern California AAC Network (SCAAC-N). 5 participating members came together and established a foundation for future SCAAC-N meetings in Ventura County. We hope to see you at our next SCAAC-N Quarterly Meeting on September 24, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm!

During the meeting, Janet Barsoumian, SLP, presented on The Multimodel Communication Screening Task for Persons With Aphasia (MCST-A). The Multimodal Communication Screening Test for Aphasia is one of 3 criterion-referenced assessment tools in the AAC Assessment Battery for Aphasia (AAC-ABA) developed by K. Garrett and J. Lasker. The MCST-A is designed to systematically assess whether people with severe aphasia can use alternative or augmentative modalities to communicate via alternative pictorial symbols. The MCST-A consists of 8 tasks and is administered by presenting each page of the picture stimulus manual to the person with aphasia and then asking him/her to communicate a specific message. Information about the administration of the MCST-A can be found at the links provided below.

The PDF link to the score sheet and instructions for the MCST-A is available at: http://cehs.unl.edu/documents/secd/aac/assessment/score.pdf , and the PDF link to the Picture Stimulus Book is available at: http://cehs.unl.edu/documents/secd/aac/assessment/picture.pdf . Presentation notes are provided below.

·      The protocol in the MCST-A is paired with a Picture Stimulus Booklet
·      To begin the screening, the clinician will begin by placing the Picture Stimulus Booklet in front of the client to determine if they will open the book without a prompt or cue.
·      After interest in the Picture Stimulus Booklet has been established, the clinician will be able to ask the client questions in hierarchical order as the client becomes increasingly able to communicate responses using the Picture Stimulus Book.
·      The MCST-A screening protocol, picture stimulus book and other Aphasia assessment materials are available at: http://cehs.unl.edu/aac/aphasia-assessment-materials/

Establishing the Future of SCAAC-N Ventura County Quarterly Meetings:
We would like to thank the 3 participants that attended our first quarterly meeting in Camarillo! In order to establish a larger audience and future agenda, participants brought their best ideas forward to create the notes that follow.
·      Larger audiences could be found by contacting nearby locations, such as Santa Barbara, Simi Valley and San Fernando Valley.
·      Sharon Redner will be contacting peers in the Ventura County Speech Community; Janet Barsoumian will be contacting CSUN alumni; Traci Peplinski will be contacting peers and associates.
·      Future meetings will likely be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm to better accommodate participant’s schedules.
·      Teleconferencing is an option that participants are willing to explore-
o   If there are large enough groups of people who are interested in attending the SCAAC-N Ventura County meetings but are predominantly located in the Santa Barbara/San Fernando Valley areas then it could be possible for those participants to meet at a location in their area and teleconference to the meeting held in Camarillo, CA.
o   Teleconferencing would be an excellent opportunity to explore and learn new applications and software that can be used.
·      Before meetings are held, an agenda will be set and provided for participants ahead of time so individuals can determine if and when to present condensed presentations on topics that will be discussed.
·      SCAAC-N Ventura County quarterly meetings could potentially be held at the Camarillo Healthcare Center if there is need for it.
·      Meetings could cover and educate individuals/parents on applications that facilitate communication under $80.
·      Participants would be interest to attend and collaborate in a joint teleconference meeting from other counties (Pasadena, Orange County)
·      Hospital Speech-Language Pathologists and Home-Health Speech-Language Pathologists could be invited to quarterly meetings if topics pertain to their field of interest.
·      Potential topic moving forward could be helping parents and individuals access information about what to do when an 18-year-old or college student graduates and are no longer eligible to have AAC device funding from their school.

Reviewing Applications Featured on iTunes’ for Accessibility Awareness Day (May 21, 2015)
In honour of Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has compiled a series of applications that can be used as tools to access information, promote productivity and assist with executive functioning. These applications are featured on the iTunes application, which can be accessed at:


Applications included in this list are:
·      - Proloquo2Go
·      Proloquo4Text
·      Aacorn AAC
·      Instapaper
·      Voice Dream Writer
·      Workflow
·      Djay 2
·      Overcast: Podcast Player
·      BrainPOP
·      Choiceworks
·      Kid in Story Book Maker
·      LetterReflex
·      BlindSquare
·      TruLink Hearing Control
·      TediSUB

We interacted with one of these applications to see what it could do. We chose to download Workflow; Powerful Automation Made Simple. In this application were many features, including a pizza order assistant, Uber contact feature, walking directions to and from destinations, and other features that interacted with photos, videos, social media, text messages and popular businesses (Starbucks, etc). It was noted that this application had a “game sense” about it. This created discussion about how game-like AAC applications may entice children to create sentences driven by the game aspect of the app rather than the app genuinely being used to express interests or requests.

More Links and Resources from SCAAC-N Ventura County Quarterly Meeting:
·      ABA and SLP Special Interest Group from BCBA’s board: http://www.behavioralspeech.com/
·      Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis- Opportunities for Collaboration: http://www.behavior-consultant.com/slp%20and%20ABA.htm
·      The Qiat List: http://www.qiat.org/qiat-list.html
·      Dustin’s Words 3D Printed AAC http://3dprint.com/61933/dustins-words-3d-prints/
·      Enabling Devices website: https://enablingdevices.com/catalog
·      Autism Empowerment: www.autismempowerment.org
·      Bookshare: https://www.bookshare.org/cms

Plan for Future SCAAC-N Ventura County Meetings:

Our next scheduled SCAAC-N Meeting will be September 24, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Before our meeting takes place, we will post an agenda online so participants can submit relevant presentation/applications to discuss. We anticipate holding our meetings at A1 Speech Therapy, however, the location is subject to change. We are looking forward to seeing you next time!


Thanks to Brittany Rios for taking meeting notes!

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