What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention and How Can it Benefit Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Nov 15 2011 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211

Free Training for Parents and Professionals
This presentation will provide an overview of strategies, program, techniques, and technology available in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and how this information can be applied to children with autism spectrum disorder.

Presenters will include:

Pamela Mathy, PhD, CCC-SLP
Director of the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program
Speech-Language Pathologist
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. Mathy's clinical and research interests include diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who are considered "non-verbal" and/or who have speech-motor-planning deficits (apraxia). She is currently involved in a research project examining the effectiveness of speech generating augmentative devices as part of a play-based language intervention. She is also conducting research on an assessment tool to evaluate speech-motor abilities of children with ASD. Dr. Mathy also provides assessments for augmentative and alternative communication devices at the CARD clinic.

Emily Watkins, MS
Research Assistant II
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Kennedy Krieger Institute

Watkins works as a lead teacher in CARD's one-year-old autism research classroom. Additionally, she is an interventionist for a research project examining the effectiveness of speech generating augmentative devices as part of a play-based language intervention.

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