Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices 2/1/18
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Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices
Thu, February 1, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM EST
College of Central Florida
3001 SW College Road
Building 20 – Room 110
Ocala, FL 34474
Presented by: Jo-Anne B. Matteo
With the current influx of communication devices and apps on the market, how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught the right way from the beginning? Speech generating devices (SGD) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and are now being used by learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised, and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, teaching the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual, paying attention to the capabilities of both the device and the user.
Participants will be able to:
- Analyze their current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to an SGD.
- Choose and teach functional use of a device.
- Teach the basic principles of communication to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.