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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.
Hosts: Rachel Madel and Chris Bugaj
Producer: Luke Padgett
Audio Editing: Michaela Ball
Music: “Ebb and Flow” by Fabian Measures