17. Coding Core: Teaching Language to Users of AAC Using Coding & Robots!

Speaker: Christopher Bugaj, MA, CCC-SLP

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

Learning language through AAC devices and learning to code has a natural synergy as both are ways to communicate using a structured rule set. Participants in this session will experience free and low-cost tools, many of which might already be available in their schools, to teach language through the engaging and empowering mediums of block coding and robots! Participants will have an opportunity to create their own program and outline ways to incorporate coding into their own language instruction.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speaker’s Bio: 


Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP
is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication and has hosted The A.T.TIPSCAST; a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the author of The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Chris is the co-author of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools both of which are also published by ISTE. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 500 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx.