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AAC-114: A Critical Need: AAC Interventions Across the Literacy Continuum

ATiA 2022 Conference Virtual Event

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This is a free recorded session available to all and is part of an ATIA 2022 Registration Package.

Session recordings will be posted after ATIA 2022 in Orlando.

Sponsored by: PRC-Saltillo

Overview

This session will take a deep-dive into the literacy continuum and why interventions with students who use AAC need to focus on the entire developmental process. Attendees will learn about the critical need for literacy intervention, the literacy continuum, and differentiate content area literacy from disciplinary literacy. Examples with the PRC-Saltillo literacy planners from 2021 and 2021, as well as demonstrations using PRC-Saltillo speech-generating devices, will be provided.

Content Disclosure: This session references speech-generating devices and literacy planners from PRC-Saltillo and does not reference other similar products.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe one or more critical needs for increased literacy focus with AAC intervention.
Second Learning Objective: Identify three components of the literacy continuum and development.
Third Learning Objective: Discuss three literacy interventions with AAC focus across the literacy continuum.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Secondary Strand

Secondary same as primary

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Educators
  • Family Members
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators

Experience Level

Introductory

Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Elementary - Secondary (K-12)

Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with recording

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Friday, January 28: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; ASHA; CRC; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Speaker/s:

Melissa Malani, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Saltillo Corporation, Speech-Language Pathologist

Biography

Melissa Malani, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a practicing speech-language pathologist of over 20 years serving in many roles such as researcher, practitioner, consultant, and educator. Dr. Malani has participated in numerous research projects, co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations, and professional development workshops. She has been an invited author and presenter for several topics including adolescent language and literacy, digital literacy, disciplinary literacy, and augmentative/alternative communication. As an adjunct instructor with universities, Dr. Malani teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses and has served as a program coordinator with community organizations to promote experiential student learning. In addition, she works as a clinical educator with several universities. Dr. Malani is an employee of PRC-Saltillo and serves as the Northeast Florida Consultant for the Saltillo brand. In this role she supports individuals with complex communication needs, as well as their families and support teams. Additionally, in this role, she is provided with speech-generating devices to use during demonstrations, workshops, and consultations. She is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment. As an adjunct instructor with universities, Dr. Malani teaches numerous graduate and undergraduate courses and has served as a program coordinator with community organizations to promote experiential student learning. In addition, she works as a clinical educator with several universities.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
She is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

Daniel Dardiz, M.A, CCC-SLP

PRC-Saltillo, Assistive Technology Consultant

Biography

Daniel Dardiz, M.A.CCC-SLP earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida, graduating in May of 1999. Daniel’s initial work experience included bilingual diagnostic/itinerant therapy services in Orange County Public Schools, private clinical practice/home health, including providing services through Early Steps. His primary focus was children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, particularly individuals in need of utilizing Augmentative and Alternative Communication. He has also served as a Speech and Language Clinical Manager with UCP of Central Florida. As Clinical Manager, he collaborated with all therapy disciplines, providing AAC trainings and support to families, therapists, teachers, and support staff on the importance of child language development and its relationship/best practices with AAC. Currently, Daniel is an employee of PRC-Saltillo and serves as the North Florida Consultant for the PRC brand. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed as Speech-Language Pathologist in the State of Florida. He is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I am part of ASHA Division 12 Special Interest Group