(day 3 of) STAS Autism Symposium, UW Autism Center (FREE training)
"This workshop focuses on integrating augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies into everyday school routines and activities to support the communication and academic needs of children in the special education setting. Participants will explore how to choose AAC supports and strategies and how to implement them within existing school day routines to teach language and communication skills that build a foundation for academic success. Participants will also consider how to engage support staff in their role of communication partner for these students with complex communication needs. Teaching strategies encouraged in this workshop will emphasize the importance of “parallel programming” for complex communicators, balancing the need to optimize student-led communication opportunities alongside teacher-led academic goals."