Please join Autism Speaks for a webinar hosted by Kate Grandbois, MS, CCC-SLP, to learn about the different technologies that can help people with autism and how to request a Technology Assessment.
Below are some of the questions Kate plans to cover during her presentation:
—What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), and who benefits from AAC?
—What is the ultimate goal for AAC users?
—How will using AAC have an impact on other areas of development?
—What kinds of AAC strategies are out there?
—Is technology the right choice for my child (or other AAC user)?
—What information should I gather prior to an AAC assessment?
—What can I expect from an AAC assessment?
—What else should I consider with my SLP when choosing an AAC strategy?
—How can I make AAC strategies successful in the home, school, and community?
—If my child uses AAC strategies, will that prevent him / her from ever producing speech?
—What aspects of AAC are particularly relevant to individuals on the autism spectrum?
—How can I get an AAC evaluation for my child?
Kate is a certified and licensed speech and language pathologist who serves children and adults with developmental disabilities. Kate specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), autism and related neurological disorders, speech and language disorders, and social skills development.
After graduating from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Development, Kate became interested in the field of speech and language pathology through working in autism research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Her most notable experiences include working at OTA Watertown, a clinic specializing in sensory integration disorders, and LADDERS / The Lurie Center / Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children in Lexington, an outpatient hospital setting that specializes in autism and other related disorders, pediatric speech and language disorders, and augmentative alternative communication. Kate currently owns and operates her own private practice, Greater Boston Speech and Language Therapy, PLLC, in Concord Massachusetts. Her practice specializes in pediatrics, adults with developmental delay, autism and other related neurological disorders, social skills development, and augmentative alternative communication. Kate also teaches speech and language development at Northeastern University, and serves on the board of advisors for Hacking Autism (an initiative of Autism Speaks).