Session 2C - Unleashing the Full Power of Communication: Diversifying the Means

Speakers:  Brad Whitmoyer, Darlette Navrotski, Becca Hoke, Amanda Samperi (PRC Saltillo)
 
Session Description:
We are always looking for ways to encourage students to use their SGD.  This session will demonstrate how to use the device including writing and computer access; using a phone to text and make calls, and having fun with Alexa.  Brad Whitmoyer, owner of his own consulting business and device user, will join us to demonstrate how he relies on these tools.
 
Objectives:
  • Describe how to text and make phone calls using an SGD.
  • Discuss the power of using Alexa with an SGD.
  • Describe how to use an SGD for simple writing and also for more complex computer access.
Speaker Bios:
Becca HokeBecca Hoke, M.A. CCC-SLP, joined PRC-Saltillo as an AAC Consultant in 2022 after serving as a Speech/Language Pathologist and AAC Consultant for Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12. She also previously worked for the Center for AAC and Autism as a LAMP educator for 5 years. After working with children in the school setting, Rebecca found a definite need for AAC and it quickly became her passion for working with individuals who needed AAC solutions.
 
Darlette NavrotskiDarlette Navrotski, M.A. CCC-SLP, has served as a senior consultant for PRC-Saltillo for 35 years. She serves Western PA providing education, training and support to individuals (and their families/teams) who seek an effective way to augment their communication. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh where she assisted in teaching classes on AAC.
 
Amanda SamperiAmanda Samperi, M.S. CCC-SLP,  is an ASHA-certified SLP with a particular love of AT and AAC. After working for several years in the school, home, and medical setting, she is excited to help others with their communication journey as an AAC Consultant with PRC-Saltillo! Amanda is committed to dispelling myths around AAC and creating a world where everyone has a voice.
 
Brad WhitmoyerBrad Whitmoyer, owner of BBradley.net, LLC. Independent contractor for the PRC-Saltillo company, responsible for providing technical support to consumers and its employees, developing content for vocabularies, problem-solving, and more.