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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
Miranda Suzanne Hart
Implementing AAC in the School Curriculum
  March 15, 2006

   1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
   2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....)
   3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc.
   4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students.
   5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation.
   6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond!
I. Introduction: The Role of Language in School
II. Communication Support Needs of Children Requiring AAC
III. Types of School Placement
A. Options - Advantages and Disadvantages
-Special schools
-Self-contained classrooms
-Mainstream classrooms
B. Considerations
-LRE under IDEA
-Dimensions to Inclusion
IV. Models of Provision
-Medical Model
-School-Based Model
-Ideal vs. Reality
V. AAC Documentation
A. School Policy Development
B. Individualized Education Plans
C. Action Plans
VI. Staff Training
A. Attitudes
B. Levels of Training
VII. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Teams
A. Support Team vs. Support Network
B. Roles Within the Team
VIII. Choice of System
A. Examining the Needs of the Child in the School Context
B. Variety of Options/Modalities (simultaneously?)
IX. Funding & Budgeting
A. Initial Costs
B. Ongoing Costs
X. Vocabulary Selection
A. Requirements
-Personalized and appropriate
-Core vocabulary
-Fringe vocabulary
B. Maintenance
XI. Conclusion: Communication Opportunities in the Classroom


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