AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Empowering Early Intervention Professionals: Bridging the Gap Between AAC and Transdisciplinary Collaboration       

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Join our webinar to explore team collaboration and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in early intervention. Discover the importance of mandated collaboration between families and professionals and the pivotal role of the transdisciplinary approach. Learn how to handle common challenges and barriers that occur when teaching families and colleagues on the Individualized Family Service Plan team to use AAC devices. We'll provide evidence-based strategies, tools, and real-life examples to help you empower families, foster collaboration among professionals, and maximize AAC device utilization. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance the quality of care and outcomes in early intervention services.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Gain AAC leadership tips

Learn how to handle common challenges when teaching families and colleagues on the IFSP team to use AAC devices with young children.
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Collaborate for your kids

Discover the importance of collaboration between families and professionals and the pivotal role of the transdisciplinary approach.
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Collectively identify (as a group) three resources that support AAC use across natural settings for young children.
2. Identify three common challenges and barriers to AAC education faced by early intervention professionals working within a transdisciplinary, primary service provider (PSP) approach.
3. Identify one strategy for facilitating caregiver engagement or fostering carry-over among professionals that they would like to try in their work.
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
1 certification maintenance hour (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH  (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page.  All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet YOUR instructors

Chelsea Pansé-Barone, PhD

Dr. Chelsea Pansé-Barone, Ph.D., holds degrees in special education (BS and MA) and a doctorate in Educational Psychology with concentrations in special education and early intervention, all from the University of Connecticut. A former Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) trainee through the University of Connecticut University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), she now serves as an assistant teaching professor at Mississippi State University. Chelsea teaches courses in the Master of Science in Early Intervention graduate program and the Human Development and Family Sciences undergraduate program. Her background includes work as a special education teacher and an English as a Second Language teacher in Indonesia, with research interests in family-professional collaboration to enhance outcomes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities and their families.
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Sarah Myers, M.S, CCC-SLP

Sarah Myers, M.S, CCC-SLP is the Director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is a speech-language pathologist and has worked with the interdisciplinary team at The Children’s Center for over ten years, providing therapy to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with a variety of complex developmental disabilities across the southern half of the state. Sarah specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) used to support very young children with limited speech and parent coaching. As Director, Sarah advises and oversees the daily administrative and clinical services provided at The Children’s Center's Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campus locations. She works closely with the incredible staff of pediatric experts, the Advisory Board, and families and friends of the program to ensure the quality of services continues to remain evidence-based while expanding the Center's reach to more children in need.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author
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