Upcoming Talks

The ABCs of AAC

Location: Kids Unlimited Therapy Services, 820 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL 60301
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 2:30-4:00 PM
Fee: FREE
Description: Communication is the transmission of inforation from one individual to another. But how do children communicate when speech doesn't meet their needs? The ABCs of AAC will provide an introduction to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for families and professionals. Basic terminology will be defined, the impact of AAC on speech and langauge development will be discussed, an overview of the system-selection process will be provided, and numerous AAC systems will be available for hands-on interaction.
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Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input

Location: Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Orlando, FL, Room Curacao 4
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Description: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be invaluable in allowing children with severe communication impairments to express themselves at home. However, providing the appropriate piece of technology alone is often insufficient. Parent training in AAC has been linked to positive changes in children's communication. Family satisfaction has been found to increase when clinicians recognize arent needs regarding AAC. Parent and family support has been identified as a contributor to positive outcomes for individuals who use AAC. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of a successful home training program. Results from a recent research study on parent instruction in partner-augmented input will be reported.

Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input

March 15th, 2018, 7:00 PM Eastern
USSAAC Webinar Series

Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for children who use AAC. PAI can be done at home, school, and in the community by a variety of communication partners including family members, teachers, and peers. In this introductory webinar, attendees will learn what PAI is, why it's important to use, and how to provide models. We will use our mnemonic, SMoRRES, to help participants remember the steps to successful modeling. Videotaped demonstrations of strategy use will also be shown.

Selected Presentations

ATIA (2017).  Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom [Webinar].  Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/partner-augmented-input-modeling-aac-classroom-part-1/

ATIA (2017).  Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom Part 2 [Webinar].  Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/partner-augmented-input-modeling-aac-classroom-part-2/

ATIA (2017). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Part 1 [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/chat-pragmatic-skill-intervention-augmentative-alternative-communication-aac/

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom:Bringing ModelingtoYourSchool. UCP/InfinitecSouthwest, Belleville, IL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2015,October). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2015,October). Supporting Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Users in the Classroom. Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R.(2015,November). Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom: Bringing Modeling to Your School. UCP/InfinitecSouthwest, Glendale Heights, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2015, May). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Integration into the Educational Curriculum: Evidence-Based Strategies for Success. UCP/Infinitec Southwest, Tinley Park, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2015, February). Supporting Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Users in the Classroom. Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA) 55th Annual Convention, Rosemont, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2014, June). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Integration into the Educational Curriculum: Evidence-Based Strategies for Success. UCP/Infinitec Southwest, Tinley Park, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2013, November). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner Augmented Input. Paper presented at American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Chicago, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2013, January). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner Augmented Input. Paper presented at Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J. E. (2013, January). Next Steps with Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Integration into the Educational Curriculum. Infinitec, Pekin, IL.

Senner, J. E. (2012, November). Assessment in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Infinitec, Pekin, IL.

Senner, J. E. (2010, February). Evidence-Based AAC Strategies for School-Aged Children. Short Course presented at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Rosemont, IL.

Desch, L. W. & Senner, J. E. (2009, October). Assistive Technology & Other Gadgets. Short Course presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC.

Senner, J. E. (2009, October). Drooling in Children with CP: Causes, Treatments, and Future Directions. Presented at the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Casper, WY.

Senner, J. E. & Desch, L. W. (2009, September). Not Being Able to Speak is Not the Same as Not Having Anything to Say. Short Course presented at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, September). Parent Perceptions of Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Poster presented at American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, September). Development of a Sibling Self Report Questionnaire. Poster presented at American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, February). Evidence-Based AAC Strategies for School-Aged Children. Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia Conference, Richmond, VA.

Senner, J. E. (2009, February). Parent Perceptions of Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Poster presented at American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 10th Annual Conference of Division 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Gaithersburg, MD.

Senner, J. E. (2008, November). Sibling Research. Paper presented at the Ohio Adult Sibling Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Senner, J. E. & Harris, P. (2008, October). Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Paper presented at Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J. E. & Harris, P. (2008, August). Developing Leadership in Young People Who Use AAC. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.