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PEDIATRIC EPILEPSY SURGERY CONFERENCE
AND FAMILY REUNION
JULY 5 - 8, 2017
HILTON ORLANDO • ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorldEpcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.

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Thursday, July 6 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Assistive Communication Devices and Apps for the Non-Verbal/Limited Verbal Child

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Speaking is how we communicate with those around us.  It allows us to interact with other people and influence the world around us to get our needs met.  But for many children, verbal speech is not an option.  These children, often labeled as “non-verbal”, may have plenty that they want to communicate with us, but they are unable to speak the words.  However, every child has the right to communicate and the fact that these children cannot speak should not take that right away from them.

For these children, there is another option.  The term Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) describes any means of communication, aside from traditional speech, that allows someone to use language.  This can include using pictures, gestures, sign language, visual aids, or speech-output devices like computers. 

This session will show you exactly how to try some of these techniques to help a non-verbal child learn to communicate.


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Audrey Vernick

Director of Educational Training and Advocacy, The Brain Recovery Project
Audrey Vernick serves as the Director of Educational Training and Advocacy for The Brain Recovery Project and is responsible for coordinating the design, development, and launch of its new Educational Advocate Program which commenced the summer of 2016. Audrey is certified by the Council of Parent and Attorney Advocates in their Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) program. The year-long SEAT program is the only nationally developed and recognized course that provides participants with training to become a special education advocate. The course is based in part on the SEAT Curriculum developed through a partnership between COPAA and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) University Center for Excellence, University of Southern California, on a three year demonstration grant funded by the U.S . Department of Education in 2005. The grant funded portion of the project ended in 2009, resulting in development of a model curriculum for advocacy training that was vetted through 3 cohorts under the direction of a 10 member National Advisory Board, and several members of the COPAA Training Committee, all of whom are nationally recognized special education advocates and... Read More →

Speakers
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Carrie Clark

Owner, Speech and Language Kids
Carrie Clark, CCC-SLP, is the owner of the online resource Speech and Language Kids. A graduate of Truman State University in Kirksvile, Missouri, Mrs. Clark worked in the Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri in the 3-5 years program. Although she loved all of the child... Read More →


Thursday July 6, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
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