MontComm 2020: Making Learning Awesome for All, Including
Users of Alternative Communication.
August 4th, 2020, will be an exciting day of learning with Chris Bugaj, M.A. CCC-SLP. Chris is a dynamic, high-energy speaker with expertise in alternative communication, assistive technology, and the design of engaging educational experiences. Learn more about Chris here.
MontComm is an online event offering CEUs from OPI, ASHA, and the MT Board of OT Practice.
Overall Description of Content:
If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of three, educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. But what are those considerations? What principles should everyone involved be using when making decisions about what technology to select for implementation? Considerations discussed during this session will include the Least Dangerous Assumption, vocabulary selection, vocabulary organization, aided language input, and designing engaging and empowering language opportunities.
Participants will examine a continuum of supports for how to provide inclusive instruction and accessible materials supported by technology. There are a number of strategies fostered by technologies that can be used by students who are learning language that can also be applied to students with other disabilities, including dyslexia, to enhance their own learning. Participants will learn about initiatives to help educators select materials which are born accessible, how to make inaccessible texts accessible, how to create accessible materials, and how to help students learn to make their own materials accessible in preparation for graduation and the world beyond.