Augmentative Communication Evaluation and More

Date:October 11, 2017
Time:9:00 to 12:00 and 1:30 to 4:30
Location: SC Assistive Technology Program, Poplar Conference Room,
8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203
CostFree (Limit 18 people)
Registration:Registration Full

AllAccess: Exploring the Possibilities of Alternative Access and AAC - 3 Hour

There are many individuals who can access augmentative alternative communication (AAC) with the touch of a finger. However, there are also a significant number of people with more complex physical disabilities that require an alternative to touching a screen.

This three-hour class will give participants an overview of access method options in AAC. Using case studies, the following access methods will be reviewed: touch, NuPoint (cursor is controlled by head movement), NuEye (cursor is controlled by eye gaze), and one/two switch scanning. Through demonstration, videos, and audience participation attendees will learn about vocabulary, hardware, and software considerations when setting up an alternative access method for an individual.

This class in intended for professionals, parents, or individuals who use AAC who want to learn more about access method options in AAC.

AAC Evaluating 101: From Evaluation to Submission - 3 hour

This three-hour class will cover the funding and evaluation process for a medically necessary speech generating device (SGD) that is being funded by Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare military insurance, and/or private insurance. The class will begin with a brief review of the role of the speech-language pathologist and outline necessary evaluation team members. It will then discuss, in depth, common funding sources, completing and writing a medically based SGD evaluation, and submitting the paperwork. The class will conclude with some tips on getting started once the speech generating device has been approved and shipped to the client.

This class in intended for speech-language pathologists interested in learning about the funding and evaluation process for SGDs.

Presenter: Holly Camplin, MS, CCC-SLP

Holly Camplin became a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1999 after graduating with degrees in Communication Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology at North Carolina State University and East Carolina University. Holly practiced as a school based speech pathologist for over 14 years in Moore County Schools in North Carolina, specializing in AAC implementation in the classroom during that time. Holly joined Assistive Technology Works in 2013 as the eastern North Carolina and South Carolina Consultant to continue focusing on AAC, traveling throughout the eastern NC and SC areas to help clinicians, educators, and clients find solutions to their AAC needs. Holly provides language based trainings, consultations, and support for the technologies offered by ATW.