AAC and Literacy Galway

Thursday  12 September  2019  2:30 PM    Thursday  12 September  2019 5:30 PM
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Join us for a how-to workshop about literacy development, language learning, and AAC! During this session, we'll ask and answer the following questions:

  • Why do students who use AAC fail to develop as readers and writers?

  • How do we solve this?

  • What does tomorrow morning look like if we were to deliver evidence-based literacy instruction that integrates language learning?

  • How do we measure and define success?   

Once we've scoped out the theory of effective literacy instruction for AAC users, we'll introduce you to Reading Avenue—a program delivered FREE with Boardmaker Online. At the end of this workshop, you'll be able to:

  • identify the learning level of each student or group with whom you work

  • match them to the kinds of books and activities that lay the foundation for success

  • deliver formative assessments at periodic intervals

  • develop a daily routine for delivering accessible, engaging instruction as well as opportunities for independent practice

Join us to learn all things literacy, communication and AAC! Beyond Reading Avenue, we'll also introduce a host of other FREE curricular programs that support language and content learning across the school day.

  • Included in this workshop, you'll get:

  • A Free (or extended) Trial to Boardmaker Online

  • Access to Reading Avenue, an accessible, comprehensive literacy curriculum

  • An introduction to Free printable activities to enhance content learning

  • A free copy of Snap Core First for professionals

  • A certificate of attendance

  • A chance to win your own personal PCS avatar

What will I learn?

  • What evidence-based instruction can look like for students who use AAC

  • A daily approach for delivering effective, engaging beginning literacy instruction

  • Ways to accentuate and integrate language learning with literacy instruction

Who is this day for?

  • Anyone interested in learning practical use of literacy instruction in their environment

  • Teachers, SLTs, TAs, parents, carers or anyone who wants to support the learning needs of AAC users

  • Anyone who has or wants to attend a TD event or

  • Anyone who wants to win a personal PCS avatar!



Maureen Donnelly, Curriculum Manager, Tobii Dynavox

Maureen is an early childhood educator who has taught students of diverse abilities and ages. She received a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.Ed from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied under Karen Erickson, the Director of the Center for Literacy & Disability Studies at Chapel Hill.

Alice Langley, Speech and Language Therapist, Tobii Dynavox

Alice is a Speech and Language Therapist who has worked with clients of a wide range of ages and abilities as well as across a range of settings. She studied at Birmingham City University. She worked within the NHS for over 8 years before joining the Tobii Dynavox team in the UK 2 years ago.



What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Lecture room 3 in The School of Health Sciences, Aras Moyola


What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a laptop, tablet or communication device


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

0212428566 / info@safecaretechnologies.com


What's the refund policy?

Up to 7 days before the event


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is not necessary to bring your printed ticket, please bring some form of ID


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School of Health Sciences
Aras Moyola, Galway, Galway, Ireland
School of Health Sciences
Aras Moyola, Galway, Galway, Ireland
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