WS11 - Language First, Technology Second

Session Information
Session ID: 
WS11
Date & Time: 
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: 
Potomac Room II, Ballroom Level
Session Description
Session Type: 
Abstract: 

Often professionals working with individuals with complex communication are asked ‘Which device is the best for my child/partner/parent/etc?’  While it is tempting to start by focusing on the technology or an individual’s physical needs and matching those to an Alternative and Augmentative Communication device, today we will discuss why it is more effective to focus on the language available and language representation methods of a system and to ensure those match the current and future needs of the individual with complex communication needs. Specifically we will discuss the differences between single meaning pictures vs semantic compaction, while also discussing the importance of core vocabulary.

Presenter(s)

Amy Bereiter, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Megan Aldrich, MS, CCC-SLP

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