As you and your loved ones are celebrating this holiday season, please consider sharing your well wishes with our wonderful students. A donation to our Holiday Appeal will go a long way towards improving the lives of many.

Can You Help?​ 

Happy Holidays from The Hagedorn Little Village School!


Program Description:

This presentation will familiarize the audience with strategies to implement augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) beginning with early speech and language intervention for children. The presenter will target a comprehensive intervention approach from targeting early communication milestones such as joint attention and social sharing skills to enhancing functional communication and communication partner-training. Instructional methods will include lecture, case studies, handouts, power point presentations, videos, discussion and provision of resources.​

Target Audience:

  • ​Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Classroom Teachers

Time-Ordered Agenda:

8:00-8:30      Registration 

8:30-9:00      Prelinguistic Communication

9:00-9:30      Important Early Milestones of Communication Development and the Interrelationship to Other                                                     Developmental Domains

9:30-10:00    Principles of Learning and Teaching strategies 

10:00-10:15  BREAK

10:15-11:00  Current Research Summary on AAC 

11:00-11-30  Step by Step Considerations for AAC 

11:30-12:00  Embedding AAC within Routines

12:00-1:00    LUNCH BREAK (you can bring your own and eat in the conference room)

1:00-1:30      Expanding AAC Use

1:30-2:00      Communication Partner Training 

​2:00-2:30      Successful Classroom Implementation

2:30-2:45      BREAK

​2:45-3:30      Collaboration and Coaching

2:30-4:00      Summary of Key Points and Q&A session 

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this conference participants will be better able to: 

  • Outline the pros and cons of a variety of AAC strategies to facilitate functional communication skills, and enhance natural speech production.
  • Explain the pros and cons of behavioral versus naturalistic intervention models for  language intervention using AAC.
  • Identify key steps in a comprehensive speech and language intervention model to move from initial communication to social-pragmatic training.
  • Identify principles of evidenced based, step-by-step implementation of AAC for young children.
  • Identify three goal areas to support communication training in use of an AAC device


Barbara Weber, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Barbara Weber is a speech and language pathologist and a board certified behavior analyst. She works primarily in early intervention and has co-authored two books about early intervention. She is a member of the Professional Development Committee for the Special Interest Group for augmentative and alternative communication (SIG 12) of the American Speech and Hearing Association. Her experience also includes many presentations at State and National conferences. 

Speakers Financial & Non-Financial Disclosures: 

Financial Disclosure: Barbara Weber received an honorarium for this event from the Hagedorn Little Village School. She receives royalties from the sale of her books

Non-financial Disclosure: Barbara Weber is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Pennsylvania Speech-Hearing-Language Association, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISSAAC), Autism New Jersey, and Applied Behavior Analysis International. ​

Fee Schedule:

Registration by 11/29/19 -  $175.00  

Group Registration by 11/29/19 (5 or more) - $165.00 

Student (with Student ID) by 11/29/19 - $140.00

Registration after 11/29/19 - $190.00

.6 CEUs offered

Level:  Intermediate

For Further Information, please contact Kimberly Neary or
Jessica Resnick

at 516-520-6076 or email

Friday, December 6, 2019

Planning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Intervention for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Presenter:  Barbara Weber, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA