Session 3A - Teaching Across Subjects & AAC Systems

Speaker: Talya Kemper
Session Description:
Meeting the unique needs of multiple AAC users in a class can be challenging. Each system is set up to meet the unique needs of each student, this can make it challenging to incorporate multiple systems into a lesson. This session will give participants practical ideas on how to develop and implement a lesson(s) that meet the needs of a variety of different types of AAC users.  Participants will receive ideas on how to incorporate eye gaze, and low-, mid-, and high-tech systems when teaching literacy.
  • Describe how to incorporate low-tech communication (i.e. yes/no, eye gaze board, switch) into a lesson.
  • Identify ways to incorporate mid- and high-tech communication into a lesson.
  • List features for writing lesson plans designed to incorporate communication.
Speaker Bio:
Talya KemperTalya Kemper, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at California State University, East Bay, and teaches two days per week in a specialized classroom in Oakland, California. Dr. Kemper earned her master’s degree at San Francisco State University and a doctor of philosophy at the University of Washington, where she studied under Dr. Patricia Dowden. She has worked in the field of special education with students who have complex communication needs for more than 20 years. Dr. Kemper’s publications and presentations have focused on cultural differences, diversity, fostering relationships, and modifying curriculum for students with severe disabilities.