Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Learn how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide support and increase engagement for students with little or no speech. Participants will explore ways to encourage student participation across content areas and provide meaningful access to the curriculum. The effective use of AAC and related Assistive Technology (AT) supports have been shown to improve student progress. This workshop will include an overview of current technology for AAC and AT, strategies and best practices for selection and implementation within the classroom and other settings; and the team process for identification of AAC and AT services.
Audience and Grade Level
Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Parents; Grades K - 12
12 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 12 PDPs will apply toward the SPED-related requirement for recertification.
Date and Location
March 16 and 30, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton.
Cost and Registration
The cost of the workshop is $200 for member districts, and $220 for non-member districts. Register online or by printing and mailing a registration form, available on the right side of this page.
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.
If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.
In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide.
Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.