Session 3B - Implementation Toolkit: Achieving Authentic Communication

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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An Implementation Tool kit for AAC
Choosing Functions of Communication Client First
Choosing Vocabulary First Bubbles Reading

Speaker: Rachel Smitheman and Melissa Hoy (Saltillo)
Session Description:
This session will review elements of implementation to help participants achieve authentic communication with their students. Participants will learn about communication, a complex multimodal process, involving the interaction of three elements: functions of communication, the environment, and communication partners. This will include a discussion about how to move beyond requesting and what to do as the communication partner. Additionally, participants will learn about the importance of creating communication opportunities, and how to do so for their students.

Speaker Bios:
Rachel Smitheman, M.S. 
is an experienced Assistive Technology Consultant who holds a degree in Social Studies with a Major in Psychology, a Minor in Linguistics from The University of Ottawa and McGill University, and a post-graduate diploma at Georgian College in Communication Disorders (CDA). Rachel has garnered international respect in the field of Assistive Technology during her 20+ years (4 years with Saltillo) of providing a multitude of AAC solutions for her clients.

Melissa Hoy, ClinScD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who has worked over 10 years in a variety of clinical settings, always with a special interest in augmentative and alternative communication. She completed her Doctorate of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and has presented nationally on her research involving caregiver training in AAC.