We have developed a variety of free web resources, including
- The Early Intervention for Young Children website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs .
- The Literacy Website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs (CCN)
- AAC Interventions to Maximize Language Development for Young Children
Young children who have significant communication disabilities are at risk in all aspects of their development. Early AAC intervention is essential to maximize outcomes. This webcast will report on the results of a research project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as part of the AAC-RERC. The session will discuss: (1) effective designs for AAC systems to better meet the needs and skills of young children, and (2) effective techniques to implement AAC with young children who have significant communication disabilities (ages 0-3) and their families.
- Introduction to the use of AAC for children with complex communication needs
(Kathy Drager, Janice Light, & David McNaughton)
This introductory level webcast on “AAC and Children” (20 minutes) is designed as an introduction to the use of AAC. It focuses on ways to provide communication opportunities, model the use of AAC, pause, respond to the child, and most of all, to have fun !
- Maximizing the literacy skills of individuals who require AAC
(Janice Light & David McNaughton)
Literacy skills are critical for individuals who require AAC. Unfortunately, many individuals who require AAC experience significant difficulties in acquiring literacy skills. This free webcast will discuss effective evidence-based practices to maximize the literacy skills of individuals who require AAC. Case studies (including video) will be used to illustrate effective interventions to help student who require AAC
- Employment and individuals who use AAC
(David McNaughton, Anthony Arnold)
Employment is a key issue in the lives of many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In this free webcast, David McNaughton and Anthony Arnold share research findings on key supports to employment for individuals who use AAC, and describe the employment success stories of a variety of individuals who use AAC.
- Improving literacy outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and limited speech
(Janice Light & David McNaughton)
This free webcast provides information on effective instructional procedures to teach literacy skills to individuals with ASD and limited speech. The webcast includes both detailed instructional procedures, as well as case examples (including videoclips) of reading and writing instruction with children and adolescents with ASD.
- AAC and college life: Just do it!
(Beth Anne Luciani, Sam Fecich, & David McNaughton)
In this webcast, Beth Anne describes her experiences as a student at California University of Pennsylvania. Beth Anne has worked hard and developed an outstanding support team in order to pursue her dream of a college education. The webcast also includes commentary from faculty who have taught Beth Anne, as well as the insights of family members, academic advisors, and staff from the Office for Students with Disabilities at “Cal U”.
- Seating and positioning for individuals who use AAC
Appropriate seating and positioning is critical for use of assistive technology (AT) and participation in a variety of environments. Aileen Costigan, a certified Occupational Therapist, provides a webcast introduction to important issues in seating and positioning for individuals who use AT.