Session 4B Putting Aided Language Input into Practice

1:30 – 2:30
Speakers: Rachel Smitheman and Melisa Hoy

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Session Handout:
Putting Aided Language Input into Practice

Communication is a two-way process; therefore, successful implementation of an AAC device depends as much on the skills of the person using AAC as it does on those of the communication partners. This session will provide an overview of the characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of communication partners working with people who use AAC, with a focus on aided language input. Shared reading will be discussed as a vehicle for learning to use aided language input to support device implementation and facilitate language learning. Participants will have the opportunity to put it to practice through a hands-on activity.
Speaker Bios:
Rachel Smitheman 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 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.