Thinking Outside the Device

Innovative A.T. Strategies for Students with ASD/InD

Please join us for an exciting new professional development event!

FDLRS Action is pleased to host an exciting and innovative two-day presentation on Assistive Technology and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication designed for educators that support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities.

Thinking Outside the Device: Innovative Strategies for Effectively Integrating the Use of AAC/AT into the Learning Environment

Monday, April 29th 2013 at 8:30am to Tuesday, April 30th 2013 at 4pm

3130 Edgewater Dr

Orlando, FL

This is a two-day professional development. Participants will receive 12 inservice points for attending. It is recommended, but not required that participants come as teams which may include teachers, SLP's, OT's, Behavior Specialist, paraprofessionals and others that support students with ASD/InD and other Communication Disorders.

4/29/13 8:30-4:00

4/30/13 8:30-4:00

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Overview of this professional development:

This two-day training will provide an overview of the relationship between behavior and communication, discuss the concepts of communication vs. verbal abilities, and address levels of support and specific skills individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Intellectual Disabilities (InD) need to learn to be effective communicators. A review of practical strategies for teaching communication skills in the presence of behaviors will also be discussed. Following the initial overview of communication and behavior, a focus on integrating AAC/Assistive technology into the learning environment will follow. Participants will gain knowledge on how to predict and prevent behavioral problems, how to match interventions to the functions of behavior while simultaneously learning how to establish and enhance communication skills with those individuals who require AAC to communicate and access their leaning environment.


Strategies for overcoming obstacles and lessons on “How to make the seemingly impossible possible” will be presented. Video examples, interactive group projects, hands on use and programming of AAC/Assistive Technology will be interspersed throughout the two days and practical take home ideas and lessons will be integrated into the professional development event. The target audience for this professional development is teachers, SLP’s, OT’s, Behavior Specialists, Paraprofessionals and other educators that support students in need of Assistive Technology. Individual participants are welcome however, teams that support students collaboratively are recommended.

Resource takeaway for participants!

Upon completion of this professional development event, participants will received this book as a resource.

FDLRS Funding Statement

This document was developed by the FDLRS Action Associate Center, a special project funded by the Florida Department of Education, Division of Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.