Upcoming Talks

Say What?!? AAC Assessment and Intervention for Children Who Speak

Thursday, October 11, 2018
3:30-5:00 Eastern

ATIA Webinar Series

Speech comprehensibility, how well a child?s speech is understood by a communication partner in a natural context, can be influenced by a number of factors. Children who are poorly understood by some partners or in some contexts may benefit from AAC. Assessment and intervention in this population will be discussed.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2018 Convention

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA

Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Session Number: 4563
Title: Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input
Location: Westin/Galleria Tech B
Day: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents of children who use AAC received instruction in partner-augmented input using an evidence-based, 8-step instructional model. All parents demonstrated the ability to provide partner-augmented input on their children's existing SGDs during regularly occurring activities following instruction and increased their use of the technique between baseline and post-test measures. Additional research results will also be discussed.

Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Session Number: 1710
Title: Improving Professional Development for School Staff: Supporting AAC Users in the Classroom
Location: CC/206AB (Lvl 2)
Day: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Research supports the use of partner-augmented input as an intervention strategy for individuals who use AAC. There are multiple benefits of modeling AAC use, but how can this be done effectively in the classroom? This session highlights a variety of training elements used to teach modeling skills. Participants will learn the steps involved in conducting staff training in their schools.

Communication Partner Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input: 8 Steps to Success

Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
8:30-3:30
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley, 830 Addision Ave., Villa Park, IL

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Evidence-based research support the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). There are multiple benefits of modeling AAC use, but how can this be done effectively across a child’s many environments? All of a child’s communication partners must be taught how to model on the child’s speech generating device (SGD) to create an immersion environment for learning the new language!

Day 1 (required*) is appropriate for all communication partners and will introduce participants to the basic components of successful modeling, help participants commit components to memory using a mnemonic and verbal practice, and provide opportunities to practicing modeling. Attendees should bring a communication device, app, emulation software, book or board to participate in a variety of interactive, hand-on training activities designed for learning or improving modeling skills.

Day 2 (optional) is an intermediate session organized to teach participants the 8-step, evidence-based instructional program used to introduce participants to modeling on Day 1. This instructional program can be used to teach adult communication partners such as parents and therapists to model on their children’s or clients’ devices across environments. Participants will learn the steps involved in implementing the communication partner training program and will be provided with a DVD and a printed manual to enable them to employ the program in their own practices.

Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA)
59th Annual Convention

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, Illinois

Partner-Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom and Home
Friday, February 8th, 2019

This interactive, beginner-level session will introduce participants to what partner-augmented input (PAI) is, why it's considered an evidence-based intervention strategy for children using AAC, and how to provide it in the classroom/home. Participants should bring communication boards, books, apps or devices for participation in the hands-on portions of the program.

Selected Presentations

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

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.