Children who struggle to communicate are often frustrated and depressed. As parents, we long to know what they have to say! An iPad or tablet with a communication (AAC) app can help them communicate! Some children are nonverbal meaning they cannot use verbal speech to communicate with others. This can be caused by autism, cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, hearing loss and many other disorders. Other children have some verbal speech but they are unable to functionally communicate. AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) can help! This course focuses on using technology such as iPads, iPhones and tablets for communication. Technology has improved so much and AAC devices and apps are cheaper and more accessible than ever before. The course also describes apps that will strengthen your child's ability to access AAC on a touchscreen but these skills aren't needed before they start communicating.
This class is designed to get your child communicating with AAC. If your child is currently using an AAC app but isn't making great progress or if your child hasn't started with a communication app yet, this course will help you lead your child through the steps of communicating with the device.
Betsy is the CEO of Communication Circles. Communication Circles is an unique agency that provides direct speech therapy services specializing in AAC as well as consulting services for tech companies on using technology to improve the lives of people with special needs, Betsy is an AAC expert,speech-language pathologist and autism consultant with 25 years of experience in a variety of settings. She graduated from Austin College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and from the University of Texas at Dallas with a MS in Communication Disorders. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate and is a certified PLAY Project consultant.