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Join us for an exciting event, Spring Into AAC. This in-person gathering will take place at two locations which include Louisiana AEM Center in Baton Rouge and Center for the Blind in Ruston.

Get ready to immerse yourself in a day filled with innovative AAC implementation ideas! Spring Into AAC is the perfect opportunity to connect with experts, educators, and peers in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). During this event, you can expect engaging workshops, interactive sessions, and insightful discussions. Discover the various methodologies to enhance communication for individuals with complex communication needs with AAC from direct access to indirect access.  Whether you are a professional seeking to expand your AAC knowledge or a caregiver looking for effective communication solutions, Spring Into AAC has something for everyone. Network with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights that can transform lives. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, and be part of a vibrant AAC community.

March 8, 2024

Louisiana AEM Center

2888 Brightside Lane

Baton Rouge, LA

March 22, 2024

Federal Programs Building – STEM Center

525 Tarbutton Road

Ruston, LA

Agenda

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Session 1: Switch Access

Justin Sims

Description:

Participants will learn how to build a road map to utilize indirect access devices. This session will include goal writing and implementation techniques. (1.25 CEU)

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Session 2: Shared Reading and Predictable Chart Writing

Tammy Dupre

Description:

In this session, we will take a look at embedding communication instruction into shared reading and writing lessons. (1.25 CEU)

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Lunch (on your own)

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Session 3: Building AAC Capacity

Justin Sims and Katie Sample

Description:

In this session, participants will discuss the importance of administrative and teacher support and how to achieve it. Participants will learn creative AAC inclusion opportunities and innovative activities for AAC awareness. (1.25 CEU)

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Session 4: Language for High-Risk Population

Katie Sample

Description:

This session will focus on the ethical considerations of functional vocabulary for children in at risk populations particularly female complex communicators. Participants will discuss issues of assault in this population. Participants will identify how to support these students with functional vocabulary and language tools.
(1.25 Ethics/1.25 Cultural-DEI CEU)