Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference – June 16-18, 2010

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Susan Stokes

Picture of presenter Susan StokesPresenter: Susan Stokes, M.A., CCC-SLP

Affiliation: Private Consultant

Contact information: sstokes.autismconsult@gmail.com

Session Title: It’s All About Independent Functioning! Using Technology to Develop Critical Life-Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Session Description: Are you struggling with teaching your students (and the adults who support them!) independent functioning skills? If so, this session is for you! A primary goal when teaching students with ASD is to decrease dependence on adults. However, this can be quite challenging in school-based settings where the educational climate fosters adult support. For our students with ASD, who by the nature of their disability can become quite “prompt-dependent”, this instructional style can be extremely detrimental, resulting in life-long ramifications. This session will address how to appropriately use adult support to teach independent functioning skills. Numerous, practical evidence-based techniques using various modes of technology will be shared, designed to increase the independent functioning skills of our students with ASD.

Podcast Interview:

Click here for Podcast Transcription.

Click the following link to listen to the Podcast. Stokes_AM_TATN2010

Session Title: Challenging Behaviors Communicate! Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder to be Functional Communicators Through Technology

Session Description: This session will challenge participants to consider the difficult or unusual behaviors exhibited by a person with ASD in relation to an expressive communication difference. The entire range of expressive communication abilities exhibited by students with ASD will be addressed, from students who are pre / non-verbal to students who are extremely verbal, yet lack the social communication skills to be successful communicators. The verbal behavior of echolalia will also be discussed, in relation to the positive aspects of this unusual expressive communication form. Core communication functions (essential life skills for communication) will be reviewed, as well as where to start and where to go with AAC systems for people with ASD who are pre-verbal. A unique aspect of this session will focus on an AAC selection process in considering the unique learning and processing skills of a person with ASD to determine an appropriate augmentative/alternative communication system. Numerous examples of practical instructional strategies to teach various expressive communication skills to students with ASD will be shared, through a combination of video clips, actual materials, and personal stories.

Podcast Interview:

Click here for Podcast Transcription.

Click the following link to listen to the Podcast. Stokes_PM_TATN2010

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