This presentation will address ways to inspire communication through natural opportunities within the home by using your loved one’s interests and motivation. We will explore ways to increase motivation through both likes, dislikes, and natural opportunities. We will explore Assistive Technology tools that aid in motivation and provide fun communication opportunities. We will discuss language expansion techniques and how to use them naturally in the home setting. We will discuss myths associated with AAC/AT(Augmentative Alternative Communication/Assistive Technology) use and we will cover how to get support and services within the school district.

The content is most applicable to children in early childhood and elementary, but many concepts will be applicable across the lifespan. This is a complimentary service and is FREE of charge!

Kristen Ponce is a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri, an advocate of children with Down syndrome, and a partner provider of Down Syndrome Innovations. She received her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University in 2013. Kristen has a particular interest in working with individuals who use AAC devices. Kristen has a passion for teaching her students to become competent and independent communicators. She has piloted several different forms of AAC groups in the preschool setting as well as pushed for increased literacy instruction for AAC learners. She is the author of the blog AAC to the Core describing her experiences working with students with complex communication needs who use AAC.

Saturday, January 29th, 2022

10:00 am to 12 pm

Lifelong Learning Campus 5916 Dearborn Street, Mission, KS


Complimentary / FREE

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