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Turn Your iPad into an Augmentative Communication Device, T&L 900

Instructor: Karina Barley

Topics: Special Education/Needs, Technology & Instructional Strategies
Audience: Pre K-12

Technology has developed into playing a huge role in assisting individuals with communication needs allowing for tremendous advancements and growth of those individuals that without AAC technology would not otherwise be able to communicate their thoughts, ideas, feelings, wants and needs. AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication is the term that encompasses the tools and methodology used to support or replace communication for individuals that have speech or communication impairments.

With the invention of the iPad and Augmentative Communication apps, the ability to connect those who have communication problems is now more available and more affordable. Before the iPad some of the traditional devices could range from $3,000-$15,000 but now using the iPad and cost effective apps means that individuals have greater access at home and also at school. This puts communication more readily in the hands of a child who needs it which helps to bridge the gaps that previously hindered their learning. Some of the apps can also be used to create visual schedules, social stories etc. so it is important to consider what you student needs when choosing an AAC application.

This course demonstrates the most important accessibility options available on the iPad and some of the AAC applications available and how they can make a significant difference in the classroom for learners who need social and communication support due to speech or communication impairments.

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UND Fee: $150
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About Your Instructor

Karina Barley Karina Barley

Karina Barley is an Australian teacher with more than 20 years of experience in both mainstream and special education schools. Her interest in autism and how to provide better educational opportunities for her students with autism led her to utilize iPads in both the curriculum and in the classroom.

Karina completed her Master in Education majoring in technology and education and also trialled the use of iPads in her classroom for an entire year. She is currently engaged in conducting professional development for teachers in both primary and secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, and also works as an autism consultant. Karina partnered with Digital Learning Tree in 2012 to develop an iPad course that focuses on how to use the iPad within the Common Core Standards.

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