March 31, 2023

Special School District

2888 Brightside Lane

Baton Rouge


7:30- 8:15 Registration

8:30 – 10:00 Session 1

10:15 – 11:45 Session 2

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch Break 

12:45 – 2:15 Session 3

2:30 – 4:00 Session 4




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A full day of free professional development focused on Augmentative and Alternative Communication.



Session 1: Rocking out AAC

Presenters:  Justin Sims & Katie Sample 

Listening to music and reading books are fundamental activities for all children at school and at home. This training demonstrates how popular music and traditional literature are used in creative ways to teach core vocabulary on AAC devices. Participants learn to create songs and stories to use during SLP sessions, classroom activities.


Session 2: Core Board Make and Take 

Presenter:  Josh Miller

Core vocabulary consists of a relatively small set of very powerful words that make up about 85% of the words that we use. Complex communicators can use a low tech “paper based” board that utilizes core language  as a primary or secondary means of communication. In this hands-on session, participants will be able to create a core language communication board that they can customize and take with them. Making the board to the user preferences can help with implementation by increasing motivation to use the board. Materials such as core vocabulary boards, plastic backing, Velcro and colorful duct tape will be provided.


Session 3: He Talks Through Movie Quotes

Presenters:  Katie Sample & Ereeni Roulakis

In this session, we will discuss and define gestalt language processing (GLP) and Natural Language Acquisition (NLA), the developmental language framework for GLPs on the Autism Spectrum and beyond. We will review how AAC is appropriate for more than just “nonverbal” students and how AAC can be utilized to support gestalt language processors.  Finally, we will discuss different AAC apps and highlight different features that can support gestalt language development with case examples.  Participants will leave this session with the confident understanding that AAC is an effective tool for all complex communicators.


Session 4: Indirect Access

Presenters:  Justin Sims 

Students manifesting both physical and communicative challenges require unique and specific device implementation to communicate effectively. This session will demonstrate tools available for this demographic, and the strategies necessary to develop independent communication.