ISAAC 2012 Presentations by Penn State Faculty and Students

ISAAC logo Penn State faculty and students will be presenting at the ISAAC 2012 conference in Pittsburgh, July 30 – August 4, 2012. Check back here often for updated information, and links to downloads of presentations and handouts!


Monday, July 30

AAC-RERC State of the Science: Findings & Solicitation of Additional Input (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM )
– Frank DeRuyter ; David Beukelman; Sarah Blackstone; Diane Bryen; Melanie Fried-Oken; Jeff Higginbotham; Janice Light; David McNaughton; Howard Shane; Michael Williams

Teaching Active Listening to Pre-service Speech Language Pathologists (2:15 PM – 3:15 PM )
–  Jennifer Thistle; David McNaughton (handout)

Designing effective visual scene displays for AAC systems for young children with complex communication needs (3:30PM – 4:30PM)
– Janice Light; Kathryn Drager; Krista Wilkinson (handout)

Tuesday July 31

Evidence-based Literacy Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders who Require AAC (8:00AM – 9:00AM)
Janice Light & David McNaughton  (handout, webcast, website )

A meta-analysis of the effect of aided AAC modeling on communication and language development (9:15AM – 10:15AM)
– Samuel Sennott

Development of emotional competencies in children with complex communication needs: Implications for Practice and Research (9:15AM – 10:15AM)
– Sarah Blackstone; Krista Wilkinson; Jennifer Thistle

The AAC-RERC Writers Brigade (2:00PM – 3:30PM)
– David McNaughton; Pam Kennedy (handout)

Working memory in intellectual/developmental disabilities: AAC Implications (2:15PM – 3:15PM )
– Jennifer Thistle; Krista Wilkinson (handout)

 Effects of an AAC Modeling Intervention on Expressive Language in School-age Children with ASD.
– Erinn Finke (handout)

Wednesday August 1

Online Training for Paraeducators to Support the Communication of Young Children with Complex Communication Needs (11:30AM – 1 PM)
– Sarah Douglas; Janice Light;  David McNaughton

Factors Affecting Navigational Input Device Use for Young Children: Implications for AAC (2:15PM – 3:15PM)
– F. Aileen Costigan; Janice Light; Karl Newell

Effects of redesigning representations of early emerging concepts: Comparison of two approaches in vocabulary representation (4:45PM – 5:45PM)
– Smita Worah, David McNaughton, Janice Light, Elizabeth Benedek-Wood (handout)

Thursday, August 2

Effects of early AAC intervention on the communication skills of children with Down syndrome (9:15AM – 10:15AM)
– Janice Light & Kathryn Drager (handout)

Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting Successful Transitions for Adolescents with Complex Communication Needs (10:30AM – 11:30AM)
– David McNaughton,  Janice Light, & Pam Kennedy (handout)

Effects of AAC systems with “just in time” programming for children with complex communication needs (11:30AM – 1:00PM)
– Janice Light; Thomas Jakobs; Kathryn Drager; Kelly Chew; Sarah Guthrie; Lisa Mellman; Katherine Riley (handout)

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