AAC, Literacy & the SLP

AACES Conference 2023 Session

The Language of Play: Creating Opportunities for Communication and Exploration with Easily-Found Materials and Adaptations

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Never underestimate the importance of play in child growth and development! When children have difficulty playing, communicating or fully engaging with their environment, valuable learning opportunities are missed. Positioning, providing appropriate communication tools, and adapting play materials allow young children with differing abilities to expand play repertoires leading to language growth and development of play schemas. Simple adaptations with easily found materials used in unique ways can make play activities accessible and more meaningful. This presentation will highlight positioning aids, DIY adapted toys and books, and communication supports to expand the play experience.


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

Adapted play opens doors.

Learn how to increase play accessibility for children with complex bodies to give them something to talk about.  
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Adapting made simple.  

Discover simple adaptations with easily found materials to make play activities accessible meaningful.
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What You'll Learn

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

1. Describe three or more easily found materials that can be used to stabilize, display, or contain toys to provide physical and sensory access.
2.  Identify three or more environmental adaptations that can be used to increase participation in play activities.
3.  Name three or more language functions that can be targeted during play activities.
4. Discuss three strategies for eliciting language during play.
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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

Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA

Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an assistive technology professional (ATP) by RESNA and was a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has provided direct services in schools for more than 44 years and is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker presenting on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, and assistive technology. 
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Deborah Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP

Deborah Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience specializing in AAC and assistive technology. She is an employee of PRC-Satillo where she is a training and implementation specialist for the Minspeak Academy, providing educational opportunities to support families and professionals working with individuals with complex communication needs. She is a developer of the UNIDAD software. Deborah also provides clinical services in a small private practice. 
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author
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