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2020 Augmentative & Alternative Communication Workshop: "AAC Out of the Box: Programming Tips and Tricks for Effective Communication"

Date: February 28, 2020

Time: 8:00AM to 3:30PM

Location: Vanderbilt Commons, Conference Room 233

Event Flyer: AACworkshop-2020.pdf

AAC All-Day Workshop: AAC Out of the Box: Programming Tips and Tricks for Effective Communication
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt University Campus

For location and maps, click here.

For speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. This workshop will be offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area). Credit will only be offered for those individuals who attend the entire Friday workshop. However, those who do not wish to receive CEUs are not required to attend the entire workshop.

This annual workshop will discuss various forms of augmentative and alternative (AAC) devices and how to program them (or teach others to program them) to get the most effective use from each. Strategies will be shared and questions taken by a speech language pathologist and representatives from two AAC device manufacturers who know the products best.

Presentation Information:

Getting to the Core of Functional Communication, presented by Kim Lapidus, CCC-SLP
Kim Lapidus will dig into the application of core vocabulary and phrases in three primary settings: community, home, and school. She will demonstrate how the AAC Profile guides intervention in the use of high-tech AAC devices, and how to use vocabulary to achieve the goal of helping students find their voice.

What Does This Button Do? Taking the Guesswork Out of PRC and Saltillo Programming, presented by Claire Campbell
This session will provide a brief overview of the vocabulary options available on PRC and Saltillo high-tech AAC devices as well as a overview of the most common setup and programming questions. Content will include setting vocabulary level, adding new words, creating toolbox restrictions, and selecting custom settings in the toolbox.

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques with Snap + Core First, presented by Casey Lacefield
Using lecture and demonstration, participants will learn about the communication solutions of Snap + Core First that support communication engagement, literacy, and language growth. Lacefield will focus on customization, simplification, and implementation of this programming tool.

Registration Fees:

  • $175 for professionals
  • $125 per person for two or more professionals from the same institution
  • $50 for students and parents

The workshop fee includes lunch/breaks and instructional resources. Space is limited. Register by Friday, February 21, 2020. For information on paying by check or purchase order, contact Kate Carney.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt Peabody College
  • Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Training Program
  • Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


For more information, call (615) 322-8240.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).