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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

As we reviewed in a previous episode, 2020 has thrown us some serious curveballs and forced many of us to quickly learn the ropes of telepractice.  For this episode we had the pleasure of welcoming back Dr. Nerissa Hall PhD. CCC-SLP, ATP, and Hillary Jellison MS, CCC-SLP, ATP of Commūnicāre, LLC, two incredible and inspiring clinicians who are well seasoned in the telepractice game.  Not only are Nerissa and Hillary well versed in tele-AAC, but they created an AAC Camp that also transitioned to a virtual experience in the summer of 2020. We came away from this conversation with excitement and enthusiasm we think you will too!

Throughout the course of this episode you will learn about the important role of the stakeholder and communication partner, and how that might be slightly different in a camp setting when compared to a typical treatment environment.  Hillary and Nerissa also review themes, immersion, embedded icons, and how these variables were integrated to create an enriching camp experience.

Hillary and Nerissa started Commūnicāre in February of 2011 and provide tailored augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services, including tele-AAC. They offer AAC/AT assessment, intervention, consultation, training, tele-AAC, run an AAC camp and they have a range of information and webinars housed on their three websites (see links below).  You can read their full bio here.  

  1. List three primary stakeholders involved in AAC Camp
  2. Detail strategies for addressing immersion in AAC Camp
  3. Describe embedded icons and list three potential benefits of embedded icons


Course Presenters

Hilary Jellison, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP & Nerissa Hall, PhD., CCC-SLP, ATP

Managing partners, Hillary Jellison and Nerissa Hall started Commūnicāre, LLC in February of 2011. They were determined to create an organization dedicated to helping individuals with different abilities and their teams be as independent, successful, and fulfilled as possible through access to individually tailored AAC and/or AT supports. They work with some of the best in the field to be innovative, creative, and collaborative within Commūnicāre, LLC and extended into the communities in which the team works.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Kate is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Nerissa Hall financial disclosures:  Nerissa is paid to provide consultation, intervention, training and assessments in the areas of AAC, AT and tele-AAC. She is a managing partner of AAC Communicare, LLC and co-author of the Camp Communicare Tele-AAC Program.  Nerissa Hall non-financial disclosures: Nerissa is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups 12 and 18 (AAC and Telepractice) and RESNA

Hillary Jellison financial disclosures: Hillary is paid to provide consultation, intervention, training and assessments in the areas of AAC, AT and tele-AAC.  She is a managing partner of AAC Communicare, LLC and co-author of the Camp Communicare Tele-AAC Program. Hillary Jellison non-financial disclosures: Hillary is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups 12 and 18 (AAC and Telepractice) and RESNA



Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes:  Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:   Review of primary stakeholders involved in AAC camp

15 minutes:   Review and discussion of language immersion within AAC Camp

10 minutes:   Review and discussion of embedded icons within AAC Camp

5 minutes:  Closing Remarks



References and Resources

The AAC Camp Curriculum is available on the Communicare, LLC website



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!




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