01. AAC in the General Education Classroom: Inquiry and InclusionSpeaker: Sarah Gregory, M.S. CCC-SLP
Every student has a right to be authentically included in the mainstream or general education classroom, but this does not come without challenges. This session will explore strategies to support AAC users in mainstream environments, both socially and academically. We will discuss peer support and how AAC can be integrated into the classroom in a way that benefits all learners. We will also examine inquiry-style teaching and the descriptive teaching model and how these techniques can be used to differentiate academics for all learners. This session will be fun and full of practical ideas to provide all students with meaningful interactions with the curriculum as well as the social aspects of a classroom.
Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, and Paraprofessionals
Sarah Gregory, M.S. CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and currently works as an Assistive Technology and inclusive programming consultant in the Ithaca City School District in Upstate New York. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication in a public school setting with a focus on inclusion. Sarah has presented on these topics at national and statewide conferences. She shares ideas and strategies for AAC and teletherapy on her YouTube channel, as well as on Twitter and Instagram @SarahGregorySLP.