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AAC Adventures: Fun and Functionality with PRC-Saltillo Devices

Participants will embark on a journey through the functionalities of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices, delving into their capabilities for enhancing communication, literacy, and social interaction in educational settings. Through interactive demonstrations and guided activities, attendees will learn to leverage the power of these devices to create engaging learning experiences for students of all abilities. From exploring eye tracking and head tracking settings to harnessing the potential of assistive touch in iOS, participants will gain practical skills for optimizing access and usability for AAC users. By the end of the workshop, attendees will leave equipped with a repertoire of strategies and resources to maximize the potential of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices in educational and therapeutic settings, fostering both communication growth and enjoyment for students.

Key Learning Outcomes

Explore the versatile features of PRC-Saltillo’s AAC devices, including Accent, NovaChat, and Via, to enhance communication and engagement.

1) Learn innovative ways to integrate AAC devices into classroom activities, leveraging their capabilities to support language learning and social interaction.

2) Gain hands-on experience in customizing communication boards and visual supports using the intuitive interfaces of Accent, NovaChat, and Via devices.

3) Discover creative strategies for modifying games and activities from the AAC Language Lab to suit students across different language levels and systems, leveraging the unique features of PRC-Saltillo’s devices.

Incorporating Mental Health Supports and Assistive Technology for Our Individuals in All Settings

In creating this session, the presenter has utilized a number of evidence-based approaches. First, formal research studies have provided the foundation for both understanding the increased anxiety levels in all individuals today as well as the application of needs which have shifted since the inclusion of virtual connectivity. Anxiety research includes published studies on both students and adults, e.g. Wu, Kuan, et al. (2023), Haliburton, et al (2021), and others.

The focus on both activities for de-escalation has come from direct interviews with experts as well as anecdotal observations in actual settings. For assistive technology, the research around it has provided a foundation for working with groups to directly identify strengths and weaknesses or various devices as well as the ability to distinguish which tools can be most beneficial. The presenter will interact with the attendees to pursue the lines of questioning to be addressed before trials might begin on appropriate assistive technology.

Because of this combination of published research, expert interviews, and anecdotal field experiences without bias toward any specific approach or device, attendees will be able to make more informed decisions on the best supports for their individuals as there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach which works.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn and try multiple ways to calm themselves down in an effort to be able to share that with their students or consumers.
2. Participants will engage with various forms of assistive technology to enhance what they are able to do in classroom and workplace settings.
3. Participants will discuss the various tools and applications that they currently use and how those could be adapted into other settings or activities.

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