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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W75
CE Offered: BACB
Hot Topics in Communication Intervention
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Room to be Announced
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Catherine Horton, M.S.
CATHERINE HORTON (Pyramid Educational Consultants), LORI FROST (Pyramid Educational Consultants)
Description: A variety of communication options are available for our learners with complex communication needs. Practitioners must routinely make a choice between implementing low-tech versus high-tech options. This presentation will review the literature related to this topic, including review of the teaching strategies related to the Picture Exchange Communication System. This evidence-based protocol can also be used to successfully teach leaners to use Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) and/or tablets with communication apps. Additional concepts related to use of technology for communication purposes will be explored. The concept of Core Vocabulary will be addressed, including characteristics of each individual Core Vocabulary item, with a particular focus on vocabulary functions and relationships to vocabulary size during development. Considerations for appropriately teaching Core Vocabulary will be discussed. A popular approach to teaching Core Vocabulary, known as Aided Language Stimulation, will be reviewed including both pros and cons associated with the approach. In addition, other current approaches to teaching communication skills will be discussed and analyzed in terms of behavioral principles. The talk will conclude with discussion and recommendations for making informed, data-based decisions for teaching communication skills to our learners.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) analyze specific functions of Core Vocabulary items; (2) describe criteria for determining when a given vocabulary item should be introduced into a learner's communicative repertoire; (3)describe teaching strategies related to both high and low-tech communication systems.
Activities: Workshop objectives will be targeted via a balanced presentation of lecture, group discussion and analysis of videos demonstrating key concepts.
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for any team member working with learners with complex communication needs. This may include behavior analysts, speech language pathologists, teachers and/or others involved in communication training.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): AAC, Aided Language, Core Vocabulary, Speech Pathology

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