Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
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Goldie Lewis Center
11200 Base Line Rd
Rancho Cucamonga,, CA 91701

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Anel Ibarra
Autism Society Inland Empire

Don’t Wait to Communicate Hands on AAC Workshop

According to a 2018 Boston University study, about 30% of people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder "never learn to speak more than a few words."   

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to "a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve every day communicative challenges. Communication can take many forms such as: speech, a shared glance, text, gestures, facial expressions, touch, sign language, symbols, pictures, speech-generating devices, etc.  Numerous studies have found that the introduction of AAC frequently has a positive affect on speech; children who are given AAC often develop speech faster than they would have otherwise (Bodine & Beukelman, 1991; Van Tatenhove, 1987). 

Yet, AAC-based communication is frequently viewed as the solution of last resort, condemning a child to a lifetime of abnormal and limited communication. It is considered the end of all hope of natural speech, to be used only after years of failed speech therapy. (Berry, 1987; Mirenda & Schuler, 1988).

Presented by Jek Barrozo, OTR/L, ATACP and Kelly Londenberg, OTA, this workshop will provide parents and professionals an opportunity to learn about and try different types of AAC as well as how these types of communication methods can be incorporated into a home or community routine.  Types of communication will range from low-tech like communication books to high tech devices like iPads.  

Great presentation for parents and professionals whether you have lots of experience or no experience with AAC.  

Cost is $20 before Feb 28th; $30 after March 1st.  Sorry, no refunds. 

Space is limited because of the hands-on nature of the presentation. 

If reasonable accommodation are needed, please call or email the Autism Society Inland Empire at least 10 days prior to the event. A cancellation fee of 50% of registration costs will be applied for cancellations received between 29 to 10 days before the annual conference. No refund will be issued for cancellations received less than 10 days before the first day of this event.