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2021 Augmentative & Alternative Communication Workshop: "Beyond Brown’s Stages: Rigorous Language Intervention for Students Who Use AAC"

Starts: 5/7/2021 1:00 PM
Ends: 5/7/2021 4:00 PM

Nashville, TN 37203

AAC Virtual Workshop: Beyond Brown’s Stages: Rigorous Language Intervention for Students Who Use AAC
Friday, May 7, 2021
1:00-4:00 p.m. CT

Location: Zoom

For speech-language pathologists, special educators, other professionals in related fields, students, parents, and family members. This workshop will be offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (intermediate level; professional area). Credit will only be offered for those individuals who participate in 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.

Presentation Information:

Only a small percentage of students who use AAC are college or career-ready when they leave K-12 education. Even when they have a good command of their AAC systems and have adequate conversational abilities, the language skills of many students who use AAC are marked by small lexicons, under-developed syntax and morphology, simplistic narratives, and other difficulties. This workshop focuses on helping students who use their AAC systems successfully move toward achieving their linguistic potential.

Participants will gain insight into these students’ receptive and expressive abilities using Fair Testing Practices, formal testing with adaptations, and language sampling. A case study is used to illustrate the use of language samples to identify areas to target for further growth. We explore the key components in AAC-mediated language intervention and look at the ways that discourse-based intervention can benefit these students. Research-supported interventions for strengthening delayed language skills are reviewed along with considerations for utilizing explicit instruction in teaching higher-level language skills. Strategies that can be used to ameliorate these mismatches will be discussed along with resources to support implementation in face-to-face and virtual environments. Examples of applying principles of systematic instruction to selected language skills, such as advanced vocabulary and inferencing will be provided.


Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Executive Director of the Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Gail Van Tatenhove, P.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, is an AAC Master Clinician and President and Lead Speech-Language Pathologist for Gail M Van Tatenhove, PA.

Gloria Soto, Ph.D., is Professor of Special Education and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at San Francisco State University.

Registration for this three-hour virtual training is $50.

Register by Friday, Apr. 30. 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.

Email: kc@vumc.org

Web Link: //vkc.vumc.org/events/6616

Sponsors: Vanderbilt Kennedy Center