Webinars

 

ISAAC hosts many informative and well-attended webinars each year.

Registration for live webinars is open to everyone.

All webinars, unless otherwise indicated, are recorded and will be made available for later viewing. Most are archived for members only. You can see the members only archive here.

Become a member of ISAAC to watch all of ISAAC’s webinars!

 

 

Upcoming webinars

 

 

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Transitioning from School to Adult Life in the Context of AAC: One SLP’s Perspective

May 22, 2024 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT

 

Presenter: Jennifer Seale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Moderated By: Amy Goldman

 

About the presenter

Jennifer Seale is a speech-language pathologist and is the current director of the Waisman Center AAC program, where she engages in AAC research, clinical practice, education, outreach, training, and technical assistance. Seale is dedicated to clinical research that translates to practice and is informed by lived experience. She uses mixed-methodological approaches to examine experiences of all AAC stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of variously situated augmented interactions. Seale has been practicing AAC and engaged in research for over fifteen years. She is also an active member of USSAAC’s advocacy committee.

 

Seminar description

The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is an important life passage for everyone. This webinar will examine policy, supports and systems in place for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) when they are in school. Likewise, policy, systems and supports available to young adults who use AAC after leaving the school system will be examined. Many adults who use AAC have successfully navigated their transition from adolescence – proof can be found in the increasing presence of augmented speaker voices across all domains of the AAC field and beyond. Still, it is widely known that this transition from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging for many, for a variety of reasons. Considerations, strategies, and approaches specific to supporting successful transitions to young adulthood in the context of AAC will be highlighted.

 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least 3 different points of transition.
  2. Identify factors influencing transition in the context of AAC.
  3. Understand considerations for transitioning with AAC.
  4. Identify at least four resources, strategies and/or supports for transition planning.

 

Time-ordered agenda:

5 minutes:  Introduction of Speakers, USSAAC and topic

5 minutes:  Various types of transitions

20 minutes:  Transition:  What we have learned, are learning

15 minutes:  Planning for transitions                                            

10 minutes:  Resources 

5 minutes:  Q & A 

 

ASHA CEUs

SLPs who are USSAAC/ISAAC members may have their participation in this webinar reported for ASHA CEUs at no charge. Non-members must pay a $25 reporting fee.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and
audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the
ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available online and via QR Code
during the presentation. Registration. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is
offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area).

 

ASHA Disclosures:


Speaker

Financial:
Jennifer Seale has not financial disclosures to report.

Nonfinancial:
Jennifer Seale has no nonfinancial disclosures to report.

Moderator

Financial:
Amy Goldman has no financial disclosures to report.

Nonfinancial:
Amy Goldman is the Past-President of USSAAC.

 

 

 

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Transitioning from School to Adult Life in the Context of AAC (USSAAC Webinar slides)

 

 

USSAAC Education Committee

Betsy Caporale, Kate DeJarnette, Nicole Gallagher, Richard Hurtig,
Mili Mathew, Michelle Phillipy, Wendy Quach, Sharon Redmon

 


 

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Preparing Children with Complex Communication Needs for Adult Social Relationships

 

June 5, 2024

7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

 

Presented by:  G. David Smith, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Barbara Weber, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA and Richard Lytton, MA, CCC-SLP

 

About the presenters:

Barbara Weber works in Early Intervention and is in private practice. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a board-certified behavior analyst. She is the Coordinator for the ASHA SIG 12 (AAC) coordinating committee. She has co-authored two books on early intervention. Her focus is on providing family-centered strategies to support families in helping clients learn within important daily routines. Barbara has a special interest in Autism and AAC and uses AAC strategies throughout intervention.

David Smith is a psychologist and behavior analyst addressing the needs of adults and children with a variety of disabilities. David consults on individual client needs and provides consultation to agencies and other professionals.

Richard Lytton retired in 2020 as an SLP and Clinical/Teaching AAC Specialist with more than 40 years in school, hospital, and university settings. While AAC is his professional specialty, the study and use of language has been his love. Parent education and collaboration with teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral analysts has always been integrated into his practice.  Dick continues to consult with families and their team members.

Moderated by: Betsy Caporale

 

Seminar description:

This presentation will explore practical strategies that can be implemented immediately to equip children and adults with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) to actively participate in meaningful activities and relationships through practical and effective communication. This includes building on personal strengths to enable individuals to acquire Social Communication skills that allow them to access valued natural consequences as well as mutually valued interpersonal interactions. It has generally been found that, though children with disabilities may have access to well-founded programs and services, they are often ill-equipped as they enter adulthood to effectively participate as valued members of their communities. The presenters will review foundational social and communication skills so that all team members at any stage of intervention can determine and target skills necessary for building social competence. This presentation will conclude with resources for participants to implement the information presented and to provide therapy supports and materials. 

 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify critical skills for intervention when building social connections.
  2. Describe ways to enhance opportunities for naturally occurring authentic communication interactions.
  3. Discuss communication skills that will prepare individuals with CCN to actively participate in meaningful activities and relationships as adults.
  4. Recognize and minimize the use of dependency-producing professional/caregiver practices.

 

Time-ordered agenda:

  5 minutes:  Introduction of Speakers, USSAAC and topic

  5 minutes:  Introduction of topic

  5 minutes:  Collaboration and Social Relationships

 25 minutes: Socialization Leads the Way through Meaningful Activities and Relationships                                           

 25 minutes: Critical Language Skills for Social Connection

 20 minutes:  Social Communication Skills, Relationships and Friendships

 5 minutes:  Q & A

 

ASHA CEUs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and
audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the
ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available online and via QR Code
during the presentation. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. 

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Professional area).

 

ASHA Disclosures:

Speakers

Financial:

David Smith has no financial disclosures to report.

Barbara Weber has no financial disclosures to report.

Richard Lytton has no financial disclosures to report.

Nonfinancial: 

David Smith has no nonfinancial disclosures to report.

Barbara Weber is the Coordinator of ASHA Sig 12 coordinating committee.

Richard Lytton has no nonfinancial disclosures to report.

 

Moderator

Financial:

Betsy Caporale has no financial disclosures to report.

Nonfinancial:

Betsy Caporale is a USSAAC Board Member and Director of the Education Committee.

 

To register for this webinar please go to the following link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bbxKJOaYRJamTvmslLvWew

 

Please note: Only the first 150 attendees to log into the webinar will be guaranteed spots.

 

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USSAAC Education Committee

Betsy Caporale, Kate DeJarnette, Nicole Gallagher, Richard Hurtig,
Mili Mathew, Michelle Phillipy, Wendy Quach, Sharon Redmon

 

 


 

                                       

 

Use of AI & Robots to support collaborative interactions

June 20, 2024

7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT

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Presented by: Paulina Finak, Rafael Santana and Vera Ralin 

 

About the presenters:

Paulina Finak is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 28 years of experience working with children with disabilities.

Rafael Santana is a Ph.D. Student in the Rehabilitation Science Program at Queen’s University. He has a postgraduate program in Speech and Language disorders and experience in clinical work and research with people with disabilities.

Vera Ralin is a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Education. 

 

Seminar description:

In this seminar, we will explore innovative research that uses advanced robotic technology and machine learning algorithms to revolutionize the way children with neuromotor disabilities communicate and interact with their peers. Our goal is to combine innovative technology and human interaction to promote inclusive and collaborative play experiences between children with disabilities and typically developing children. Through insightful discussions and practical insights, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the synergies between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), paving the way for innovative interventions that enable children with disabilities to engage meaningfully with their peers.

 

Participants will:

  1. Explore the potential of AI and robotics in facilitating inclusive and interactive play experiences.
  2. Understand how AI and AAC can be synergized to support communication and interaction among children with disabilities.
  3. Learn practical insights into the implementation of technology-driven interventions for meaningful engagement.

 

Time-ordered agenda:

  5 minutes:  Introduction of speakers and topic

  5 minutes:  Overview-Objective

  70 minutes:  

  • Introduction to AI and AAC
  • Scoping review on pragmatics and social cognition
  • Robotics research
  • Implications and limitations 

5 minutes: Conclusion and summary 

5 minutes:  Q & A

 

Financial disclosure: 

This research was founded by The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).

 

To register for this webinar please go to the following link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZkDYDr6iT5C3iVeXCE1RAg#/registration

 


 

 

Information about ISAAC webinars

ISAAC has, over the course of the past number of years, developed a significant capacity to host informative and well-attended webinars. This has been done in close collaboration with our friends and partners at both ISAAC-US (USSAAC), AAIDD and, more recently, ISAAC-Canada.

Important Update:

Beginning in January 2021, the majority of archived webinars will be moved to a new location in the Members Only area portion of our website.  (A number of webinars will continue to be publicly available here.)

What this change means is that now only members will be able to access the majority of our archived webinar recordings.

Registration for the majority of upcoming new webinars will be available from within the Members Only area, and a valid ISAAC member ID number will need to be entered at time of registration.

It is our hope that many of the people who have benefited from attending or viewing our webinars will become members of ISAAC in order to continue to enjoy this significant membership benefit. 

For information on becoming a member of ISAAC, click here

Thank you!

 

Information on ASHA CEUs for USSAAC webinars can be found on the USSAAC website, here

To request from ISAAC International a hosted or sponsored webinar, please return this form-fillable PDF with details of your proposed webinar and preferred time slot, to franklin@isaac-online.org.

Please note:  A copy of the form MUST first be downloaded and saved to your local computer prior to completing.

 

 

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