COMMUNICATION ALL DAY LONG: AAC in the Classroom

Caroline Musselwhite, Ph.D.
 
Students who use AAC often get ‘left behind’ in fast-paced classrooms. This presentation offers a framework for using core language to support students in accessing the educational curriculum. Strategies include modeling and expecting communication during shared reading, using bubble maps and simple poems to review content, and using descriptive language teaching to simplify rich vocabulary. Participants will receive a link to a dropbox with resources, sample activities, and forms.
 
Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech Therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists; Physical Therapists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speaker Bio: Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 40 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities in a variety of settings, including Head Start, clinics, developmental day programs, homes, and the public schools. Dr. Musselwhite has written a number of textbooks and “how-to” books on a range of topics, and has also authored many books and software programs for youth with disabilities. She has presented thousands of workshops throughout North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Africa, and is a founding member and Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Honors include: Foundation Fellowship (West Virginia University), Educator of the Year (Association for Retarded Citizens, North Carolina), Honors of the Association, (North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association), and DiCarlo Outstanding Clinician Award (North Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association), and ISAAC Fellow.
Caroline Musselwhite