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We are at capacity!  If you want to be on a wait list, please contact Kimberly Neary or Jessica Resnick  at 516-520-6076 or email 

Program Description:

​This full day workshop will focus on working with children with complex communication needs that use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. This course will teach numerous interventions and techniques for using a page layout that will best allow students to grow with their changing language abilities. The audience will learn applicable strategies to teach students to communicate beyond requesting and answering with voice output technology. 

A strong focus will be on initiating use of assistive technology, training alternative access methods, implementation of augmentative and alternative communication in the classroom while using classroom curriculum and teaching AAC communicators literacy and writing skills. Additionally, participants will have access to low tech core vocabulary displays, online therapy tools and inexpensive alternative technology techniques.
Target Audience:

  • ​Speech Pathologists
  • Special Educators

Time-Ordered Agenda:

8:00-8:30      Registration 
8:30-9:30      Breakout session
                         ❖ AAC: Myths, misconceptions and reality. Overview of current best practice in AAC.
9:30-10:10    Page design in AAC.
                         ❖ Differences between common AAC language programs.
                         ❖ Free robust low-tech AAC options you can use now

10:15-10:30  BREAK

10:30-12:00  Therapy Strategies: Aided Language Input, Prompting Hierarchy and Data Collection

12:00-1:00    LUNCH

1:00-1:30      Aided Language Input (cont.)
                         ❖ Breakout session
1:30-2:00      Alternative access                                                                                                                                            
                        ❖ Breakout session                                                                                                                                   2:00-2:15      Apps for language therapy and inexpensive AAC tools and techniques
2:15-2:45      Modifying classroom curriculum to accommodate AAC learners: Descriptive Teaching Model

2:45-3:00      BREAK

3:00-3:30      AAC and Literacy. Resources for learning more about: Shared Reading, Predictable Chart Writing and Literacy                              Instruction                                                                                                                                                 3:30-4:00      Questions and Answers

Learning Objectives:

Following this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Name common myths and misconceptions of AAC
  • Identify low tech and high tech AAC language programs rich in core vocabulary that are robust in language
  • Identify 5 language functions all AAC users should be taught to use
  • Describe Aided Language Input including Self-talk, Parallel Talk and Attribute Meaning to Communicative Attempts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of both low and high tech forms of scanning and eye gaze
  • Distinguish between Referential Model and Descriptive Teaching Model in classroom instruction
  • Identify resources to learn more about literacy instruction


Christine Baudin, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH is a Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice servicing Long Island and surrounding communities. She has specialized in the assessment and implementation of  Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, schools and student homes.  Currently Ms. Baudin provides AAC evaluations, consultations, trainings and therapy services privately and through school districts.   

Ms. Baudin has a special interest in training and supporting communication partners in the implementation of therapeutic strategies. Ms. Baudin is the founder and administrator of the professional Facebook group: "AAC for the SLP" with over 9,000 members to date where she enjoys learning from AAC experts around the globe as well as supporting clinicians new to AAC.

Speakers Financial & Non-Financial Disclosures: 

Financial: Ms. Baudin is receiving an honorarium from the Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children.
Nonfinancial: Ms. Baudin is a current member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is an independent and unbiased AAC evaluator and consultant. She has no financial affiliation with any product discussed or demonstrated at the workshop. She does not receive royalties from any AAC vendor, product or application.

Fee Schedule:

Registration by November 17, 2017 -  $175.00

Group Registration by November 17, 2017 (5 or more) - $165.00

Student (with Student ID) by November, 2017 - $140.00

Registration after November 17, 2017 - $190.00

.6 CEUs offered
Level: Intermediate ▪ Professional Area

For Further Information, please contact Kimberly Neary or
Jessica Resnick

at 516-520-6076 or email

Monday, December 4, 2017

Enhancing the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication:

Functional Strategies for Teaching Core Vocabulary

Presenter:  Christine Baudin, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH


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