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Researching AAC Teaching Methods with Shannon Graham, Courtney Kaczmarek, Lizzie Llewellyn, and Payton Yates

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This week, Chris interviews Longwood University graduate students Shannon Graham, Courtney Kaczmarek, Lizzie Llewellyn, and Payton Yates!

Key ideas this episode:

🔑 Students’ research on ways people, like teachers, learn AAC

🔑 Benefits (and challenges) of 1:1 instruction

🔑 Value of encouragement from mentors and supervisors 

Before the interview:

  • Rachel’s presentation to the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) on AAC and autism
  • Rachel meeting Eric Sanders, Joy McGown, and TWT fan Gia!
  • Chris presenting at the Building Bridges conference in Iowa, meeting Karen Easton, and getting a chance to sit next to Erin Sheldon on his flight
  • Rachel teaching her Mom about AAC at PSHA
  • Why Chris didn’t end up getting his PhD
  • How that experience shaped Chris’s perspective on the importance of encouragement from mentors
  • What Rachel learned from her CEU’s about supervising graduate students and CFYs

During the interview:

  • Discussion of the students’ research looking at the different ways people, especially teachers, learn how to use Proloquo2go.
  • Looking at methods for learning Proloquo2go: teaching yourself using online modules, trial and error, or 1:1 instruction.
  • Individuals had a better perception of AAC after learning more about it regardless of the instruction method
  • Benefits and challenges of direct instruction

Research mentioned in the episode:

Patel R, & Khamis-Dakwar R. (2005). An AAC training program for special education teachers: a case study of Palestinian Arab teachers in Israel. AAC: Augmentative & Alternative Communication, 21(3), 205–217.

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Hosts: Rachael Madel and Chris Bugaj

Producer: Luke Padgett

Audio Engineer: Michaela Ball

Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures

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April 30, 2019

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