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April 22-23, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

8am - 3:30pm

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April 22-23, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

Language Development Through AAC: Dual-Symbol Immersion

8am - 3:30pm

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May 2-3, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

8am - 3:30pm

TBA in DFW Area

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May 2-3, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

Language Development Through AAC: Dual-Symbol Immersion 

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TBA in DFW Area

June 6-7, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

8am - 3:30pm

TBA in DFW Area

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June 6-7, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

Language Development Through AAC: Dual-Symbol Immersion 

8am - 3:30pm

TBA in DFW Area

June 13-14, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

8am - 3:30pm

Austin, TX

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June 13-14, 2019

Experiential Learning Series: Course One- Emergent Communication

Language Development Through AAC: Dual-Symbol Immersion 

8am - 3:30pm

Austin, TX

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Course Details

Language Development Through AAC: Dual-Symbol Immersion Course One- Emergent Communication

This course is designed to provide a new perspective on the implementation of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) in order to assist the symbol speaker (a person developing language through a symbol system other than or in addition to verbal language) in developing language through AAC.  The goal for the symbol speaker is to develop their language system to the fullest extent, in order to be able to communicate spontaneous and novel messages. But, how do we “teach” the person to communicate using AAC? How do we focus on the development of language skills when that language is not verbal?


This course will guide the participants (teachers, special education teachers, therapists, parents/caregivers, and other attendees) in the skills needed to immerse the symbol speaker in both verbal language and symbols. Lecture, collaboration activities, discussion activities, and practical activities will be used for the participants to develop language skills, developing social interaction exchanges using AAC, cooperating in joint interaction activities, and ultimately, dual-symbol immersion for those who are learning language through AAC.


The course objectives include building a foundation of understanding of the elements of augmentative communication and their impact on language development. These include vocabulary and symbol selection.  The participants will use what they are learning during guided activities with a symbol speaker using AAC. Ultimately, the participants will learn by dual-symbol immersion in the language of AAC how to immerse symbol speakers who are developing their language through AAC.


This course will be a prerequisite to session 2.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of language development and apply it to language through AAC
  2. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of vocabulary selection on language development 
  3. Participants will differentiate and distinguish core vocabulary and fringe vocabulary
  4. Participants will distinguish types of symbols and rationale for symbol organization
  5. Participants will relate principles of second language learning theory to the development of language through AAC
  6. Participants will apply Dual-Symbol Immersion during information exchanges with other participants
  7. Participants will develop language goals, applying developmental principles and sequences

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