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#TalkingAAC 2016 was a Resounding Success

For the third year in a row, Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) along with Alt+Shift, Michigan’s only AAC Conference, #TalkingAAC was a sold-out event! Over 100 people attended pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, November 9th and over 200 people attended conference sessions on Thursday and Friday, November 10th and 11th. 

Participants in this year’s event, held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU), took part in one of three, full-day, Pre-Conference Sessions. 

  • Matthew Baud and Jill Senner presented information on Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom: Bringing Modeling to Your School
  • Marlene Cummings, Stacey Fox, Janet Hamblin, and Dawn Jones presented A Core Vocabulary Approach to Implementation: It’s All About Language, Learning, and Communication
  • Laura Taylor presented {more to say} I’m Asking a Question, You Need to Tell Me Yes or No, Are You Progressing with PODD?

During the subsequent two days of the conference, participants had the opportunity to hear such speakers as Kate Ahern share her expertise on augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) and Apraxia in her talk, “Expectations without Demands: Teaching AAC When Apraxia and Anxiety Interfere” and Lori Westman share her inside knowledge of LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) in her session, “LAMP the App - Secrets to Understanding.”
Chris Klein, President of BeCOME: AAC shared his wise thoughts on “Building Relationships with Core Vocabulary”  in a virtual presentation, and Dana Nieder, of the UncommonSense Blog, shared her experience as a member of her “AAC Family” in her virtual presentation, “AAC Parenthood: Perspective, Priorities, and Partnership”.

As a follow up to the #TalkingAAC, mark your calendars for the #KeepTalkingAAC event to be held at Eaton RESA, Friday, May 12, 2107! We look forward to seeing you then!