Friday, October 18, 2019
The Hearing and Speech Agency
5900 Metro Drive
21215 Baltimore , MD
Contact: Lisa Oriolo, 410-239-7770

MSHA is pleased to announce plans for our 2019 Clinical Connections Conference!  We are proud to announce that Nancy Inman will speak  in the morning on the topic of "Empowering Your Students Using the TouchChat AAC App with WordPower", and Angela Mezzomo and Dawn Trotter will speak about communication devices in an afternoon session titled "Now That We Have Our Device, How Do We Use It?"    We are grateful to The Hearing and Speech Agency for allowing us to use their beautiful auditorium to hold this conference.   The conference is sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education. 

Seating is very limited!    

MSHA Members  - Morning or afternoon only:  $75.00
Full Day:  $125.00 
 Non-Members - Morning or afternoon only - $100.00
Full Day:   $150.00

Early Bird Discounts Apply if Registered by August 1, 2019!

 Click Here to Register On-Line

 This course is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.  This program is offered for  up to .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area) and 6.0 Maryland Contact Hours.  Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, special products, or clinical procedures. 

 Empowering Your Students Using he TouchChat AAC App with WordPower (Morning Session)
 (.3 ASHA CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)

Have you ever wondered why WordPower™ was created, why is it organized in the fashion that it is, or for whom it was created? Nancy Inman, M.A.T., CCC-SLP, creator of WordPower, will present and discuss a selection of her WordPower vocabulary files, including WordPower25 Touch & Scan, the WordPower Basic files, and the  WordPower140 Scan & Touch file, which are found on the Saltillo communication systems – TouchChat app, NovaChat®, ChatFusion™, and TouchChat Express™.  Additionally, in smaller groups, participants will rotate through implementation stations highlighting strategies, materials, and tools to enhance and enrich communicative opportunities. Using the Capture tool on Chat Editor and materials available on the Saltillo website, participants will learn how to create an environment rich with communicative opportunities, visual supports and aided language stimulation. Video examples of implementation will be shown, and participants will experience hands-on exploration throughout the presentation.

 Learning Objectives

 By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.  Summarize why WordPower was created
2.  Describe three (3) features of WordPower vocabulary files.
3.  List two different versions of WordPower found in Saltillo communication devices
4.  Identify features designed for individuals using scanning access on Saltillo devices
5.  List three (3) implementation materials or tools available on Saltillo communication devices.

 Nancy L. Inman, M.A.T., CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist specializing in assistive technology.  Her clinical background includes working with children and adults in an outpatient clinic in Fort Worth, TX for ten years, as well as serving as a teacher in a preschool classroom for children with various communication disorders.  She served as the program manager for the assistive technology department at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for 15 years.  Nancy is now in private practice in Maryland, mostly working with children and adults with severe communication disabilities requiring augmentative communication support.  Nancy is the author of the WordPower AAC vocabularies that are now available on several device platforms as well as within the TouchChat iOS app.  She also created the Flip ’n Talk manual-based AAC communication system.  Nancy received her B.S. degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Masters in speech-language pathology at Indiana University, Bloomington.  Disclosure:  Ms. Inman will be focusing exclusive on WordPower and TouchChat communication systems, which she developed and for which she receives royalties for their use and distribution.  She has declared no relevant non-financial relationships.

 Now That We Have Our Device, How Do We Use It?  (Afternoon Session)

 (.3  ASHA CEUs or 3.0 Contact Hours, All Levels)

Teachers and therapists have been engaging with more students with communication devices. While basic usage may be clear, how to use the device to support instruction may be challenging. This presentation will address some strategies for incorporating devices into the classroom and the curriculum.

 Learning Objectives

 By the end of the presentation, participants will:

1.  Learn how to use AAC/SGDs to access the curriculum across grades/levels.
2.  Will gain better understanding of the relationship between curricular goals and real life functional communication.
3.   Increase their knowledge of AAC/SGD objectives and usage across grades/levels

Dr. Angela Mezzomo has supported students and adults in their use of AAC/SGD to obtain educational, vocational and social goals. Over the past 30 years, Angela has presented on a wide variety of topics locally, nationally and internationally. She is Co-Director of Public Policy for MSHA. Dawn Trotter has 21 years of school-based experience as both an early childhood special educator and a speech-language pathologist,  working across grade levels and academic settings with students and families in the evaluation and implementation of AAC. Ms. Trotter currently serves as co-director of public policy for MSHA.  Disclosures:  Both Dr. Mezzomo and Ms. Trotter are employed by the Howard County Public School System, and they are Co-Directors of Public Policy on the MSHA Executive Board.  Neither presenter has declared any additional relevant financial or non-financial relationships.

 Workshop Schedule

Registration           8:00 to 8:30 AM
Morning Session - Nancy Inman  8:30 to 10:00 AM
Break   10:00  to 10:15 AM
Morning Session - Nancy Inman  10:15 to 11:45 AM
Lunch Break - On Your Own or Brown Bag  11:45 AM to 1 PM
Afternoon Session - Angela Mezzomo and Dawn Trotter  1:00 to 2:30 PM
Break  2:30 to 2:45 PM
Afternoon Session - Angela Mezzomo and Dawn Trotter - 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM




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