Upcoming Talks

Best Practices in AAC Assessment:
Steps to Selecting Appropriate Communication System
Friday, March 13th, 2020
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley, Villa Park, IL
8:30AM -3:30 PM


When a child isn’t speaking or when speech doesn’t meet all of his or her communication needs across environments, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may be appropriate. However, there are literally hundreds of apps, speech generating devices, low-tech, and no-tech strategies available to help children who are unable to communicate effectively using their speech. Selection of an inappropriate system can lead to limited success or in some cases, system abandonment. How does one ensure selection of an appropriate communication system? With a feature-matching AAC assessment!

In this interactive, beginner-level, full-day work-shop, participants will be provided with an over-view of the AAC assessment process, allowed hands-on opportunities with assessment instruments appropriate for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN), and provided with case-studies to problem-solve. Report writing and funding will also be discussed. Download the brochure or register online.

Selected Presentations

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2019, September). Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input. Closing the Gap, Prior Lake, MN. Xceptional Ed (2019).

Put Me in, Coach! Coaching Partner-Augmented Input in the Natural
Environment [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://xceptionaled.com/put-me-in-coachcoaching-partner-augmented-input-in-the-natural-environment-2/?fbclid=IwAR3VNTl5ivvJTs7H1ghS7S6ZFSvTHe0daV6fT1I8tZvkEoGB8qEDtD-1hVQ

Senner, J. E. (2019, February). Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom and Home. Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA) 59th Annual Convention, Rosemont, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2019, February). Controlled Practice in Partner-Augmented Input. Cicero School District 99, Cicero, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2019, February). Communication Partner Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input: 8 Steps to Success. Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley: Villa Park, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2018, December). Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom. Oakland Schools, Royal Oak, MI.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2018, December). Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom. Region 13 Education Service Center, Austin, TX.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2018, November). Improving Professional Development for School Staff: Supporting AAC Users in the Classroom. Workshop presented at American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2018 Convention, Boston, MA.

Senner, J. E., Post, K., & Baud, M. R. (2018, November). Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input. Paper presented at American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) 2018 Convention, Boston, MA.

Senner, J., Post, K. & Baud, M (2018). Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input. International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), Gold Coast, Australia.

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA, 2018). Say What?!? AAC Assessment and Intervention for Children Who Speak [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/say-aac-assessment-intervention-children-speak/

Senner, J., Baud, M. & Harris, S. (2018). Overcoming Barriers to Communication [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/owxisJKieKI

Senner & Baud (2018). Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input. Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley. Villa Park, IL.

Saltillo (2018). Communication Partner Instruction in AAC [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/K7snlGPY2tw

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC, 2018). Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/3RtWBvTWEXU

Senner, J., Post, K. & Baud, M (2018). Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

ATIA (2017).  Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom [Webinar].  Retrieved from
https://www.atia.org/webinar/partner-augmented-input-modeling-aac-classroom-part-1/

ATIA (2017).  Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom Part 2 [Webinar].  Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/partner-augmented-input-modeling-aac-classroom-part-2/

ATIA (2017). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Part 1 [Webinar]. Retrieved from https://www.atia.org/webinar/chat-pragmatic-skill-intervention-augmentative-alternative-communication-aac/

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2016,February). Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom:Bringing ModelingtoYourSchool. UCP/InfinitecSouthwest, Belleville, IL.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2015,October). Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R. (2015,October). Supporting Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Users in the Classroom. Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J.E. & Baud, M.R.(2015,November). Partner-Augmented Input in the Classroom: Bringing Modeling to Your School. UCP/InfinitecSouthwest, Glendale Heights, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2015, May). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Integration into the Educational Curriculum: Evidence-Based Strategies for Success. UCP/Infinitec Southwest, Tinley Park, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2015, February). Supporting Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Users in the Classroom. Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA) 55th Annual Convention, Rosemont, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2014, June). Augmentative and Alternative Communication Integration into the Educational Curriculum: Evidence-Based Strategies for Success. UCP/Infinitec Southwest, Tinley Park, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2013, November). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner Augmented Input. Paper presented at American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Chicago, IL.

Senner, J. E. & Baud, M. R. (2013, January). The Impact of School Staff Instruction in Partner Augmented Input. Paper presented at Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), Orlando, FL.

Senner, J. E. (2013, January). Next Steps with Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Integration into the Educational Curriculum. Infinitec, Pekin, IL.

Senner, J. E. (2012, November). Assessment in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Infinitec, Pekin, IL.

Senner, J. E. (2010, February). Evidence-Based AAC Strategies for School-Aged Children. Short Course presented at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Rosemont, IL.

Desch, L. W. & Senner, J. E. (2009, October). Assistive Technology & Other Gadgets. Short Course presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC.

Senner, J. E. (2009, October). Drooling in Children with CP: Causes, Treatments, and Future Directions. Presented at the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Casper, WY.

Senner, J. E. & Desch, L. W. (2009, September). Not Being Able to Speak is Not the Same as Not Having Anything to Say. Short Course presented at the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, September). Parent Perceptions of Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Poster presented at American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, September). Development of a Sibling Self Report Questionnaire. Poster presented at American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ.

Senner, J. E. (2009, February). Evidence-Based AAC Strategies for School-Aged Children. Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia Conference, Richmond, VA.

Senner, J. E. (2009, February). Parent Perceptions of Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Poster presented at American Speech Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 10th Annual Conference of Division 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Gaithersburg, MD.

Senner, J. E. (2008, November). Sibling Research. Paper presented at the Ohio Adult Sibling Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Senner, J. E. & Harris, P. (2008, October). Pragmatic Skills in Teens and Young Adults Using AAC. Paper presented at Closing the Gap, Minneapolis, MN.

Senner, J. E. & Harris, P. (2008, August). Developing Leadership in Young People Who Use AAC. Paper presented at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.