Improving Communication Through Observational Feedback In an 8-Step Partner Instruction Model

Speakers: Laura Hayes, MS, CCC-SLP

*This speaker will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

This presentation will increase participants' knowledge and practice of supporting students who use augmentative communication systems to access the curriculum. The presentation will focus on partner instruction methods that have been utilized to support individuals who utilize augmentative communication. It will review an evidenced based 8-step instructional method for partner facilitation instruction and its potential impact on staff and student performance using augmentative communication. Use of video feedback and using an onsite collaborative model to enhance communication partners’ strategies in prompting and modeling will be highlighted. It will review results and the impact on student performance across a 13 week timeline. The quality instruction and information provided will support understanding in enhanced student performance related to the implementation methods and use of modeling and communication partner supportive strategies in the learning environment.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 
Laura Hayes
is a speech-language pathologist and augmentative communication facilitator with twelve years of experience in both pediatric medical and academic settings. Laura has presented at state, national, and international conferences such as the Missouri Speech-Hearing Association, ATIA, AAC in the Cloud, and the Pediatric Perspectives Conference. She has involvement in both inpatient pediatric and educational augmentative communication research. She also hosts an AAC Podcast entitled: AAC Innovations. She earned her Master’s of Science and Communication Disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Bachelor’s of Arts from Truman State University.