Seven-Up! 7 Ways To Boost Your AAC Implementation

Speakers: 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.

Teaching core vocabulary and using partner augmented input/aided language stimulation are practices now more widely implemented than ever before. The widespread implementation of these two techniques is promising. What other actions by those who support individuals learning language with AAC are necessary to foster skills to create generative language whenever, wherever, to whom ever? This session will focus on seven additional factors that can be used to boost the language acquisition process. Factors to be discussed include least-to-most prompting, morphological instruction (shifting the focus from just words to a more inclusive approach of morphemes), explicit instruction of phrasal verbs (two or more core words put together which result in an altered meaning), consistent symbol/word location, learning experiences centered around authentic problems, the Specific Language System First approach to tool selection, and developing a culture with embedded peer support.

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

Speakers’ Bio: 

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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.