Jessica Conrad, Specialist
Specialty Areas: Early Intervention, AAC, Communication Disorders, AEM Technical Specs/Formats/Conversion, Training Videos/Tutorials
Augmentative & Alternative Communication Consultation
Our consultation services help save you time, money, and effort and give you another professional at the table to decide:
- what communication device, app, strategy, or technique(s) to trial
- setting up a trial with a device
- steps towards an evaluation or assessment, if needed
- consideration and assistance with setting up training for your team
- how to maximize use of a current system towards educational goals
- utilizing the best local resources to implement AAC
All at no cost to all Indiana public PreK-12 School District employees
Please fill out this form to start the consultation process. Allow 5 school days for a PATINS specialist to be in contact with you about next steps.
AAC Assessment List featured Indiana Department of Education's Short Share on AAC
Many times an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation isn't necessary to quickly get students the tools they need to communicate. However, there are situations where more information is needed to conduct a data-informed trial. As a product of the Indiana, Communication Community of Practice, committed to ensuring all students have access to a form of communication, the group created an assessment list to help teams make informed decisions around AAC.
The AAC Assessment List from the Indiana Communication Community of Practice
New: Resources for Students using AAC while eLearning
1. ABC and Context Data Collection Form
Free and easy to use: this Google Sheet and related Google Form that can make collecting behavior data and collaboration so much easier than traditional methods. This is completely customizable to your needs. Many thanks to Clive Williams, our 2021 Starfish Award Winner, for all his work and expertise to make this happen with me. Get your own copy of the ABC and Context Data Collection Form (this will force a copy). Note that in the instruction tab are step-by-step instructions as well as links to video tutorials.
2. AAC Assessment List featured Indiana Department of Education's Short Share on AAC
Many times an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation isn't necessary to quickly get students the tools they need to communicate. However, there are situations where more information is needed to conduct a data-informed trial. As a product of the Indiana, Communication Community of Practice, committed to ensuring all students have access to a form of communication, the group created an assessment list to help teams make informed decisions around AAC: the AAC Assessment List from the Indiana Communication Community of Practice.
3. Continuous Learning Resources for Students Using AAC is a list of free tools, communication boards, curriculum and literacy supports, and training to support schools, families, and students in whatever environment they may be in.
Jessica has been a PATINS Specialist since 2016. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and former Technology Integration Specialist. Her first love is supporting communication for all learners. Her second love is technology and sharing how the right tool can make success possible. She enjoys finding fun ways to create language and learning-rich opportunities with fun technology. She enjoys board games, reading, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with her husband, Adam, and chihuahua, Winnie. She is a proud Big Sister with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Member of the Council for Exceptional Children
Member of the Division for Early Childhood
Present Elect, Division of Early Childhood, Indiana Subdivision
Trainings for the School Year:
ALL Trainings are at NO COST to Indiana's public schools and can be requested by any staff member. We can provide devices, training materials, pre and post consultation services, classroom visits and more to meet the needs of your staff at no cost. If you have any special requests, we would love to accommodate your professional development needs. Documentation is provided at all trainings that will satisfy for Professional Growth Points and ASHA's Clinical Maintenance Hours. See our Professional Development Guide for our most popular trainings.
Introducing AAC in Your Gen Ed Classroom
Participants will learn how to use a selected AAC device, how to model with it, and how to support meaningful and robust communication in a general education classroom.
Mystery Bag Challenge: Tools to Support ALL Students
This interactive session will get participants driving and using a wide variety of technologies to support students in all environments from PK-12+, in ELA, math, Life Skills, and more. Tools and technology brought in will include assistive technologies and solutions to support accessible educational materials. We'll discuss Universal Design for Learning, how to plan and set up your classroom or a single student for success, and how to try these tools at your school at no cost.
Tots on Tablets: Apps (and Best Practice) for Preschool
Our youngest learners probably don’t remember a time where mom’s phone wasn’t a toy, so how do we harness tablets to promote engagement and meaningful learning in a preschool classroom? We’ll show off some fun apps that go beyond “free play” options to promote pre-literacy skills, mathematics, imagination, and more.
I Love Data
Turn information mountain into automated magic! We'll show off some Google tools used by therapists, teachers and AT coordinators to make progress monitoring, timeline watching, case history filling, device training, student information gathering and team communication a snap. For anyone who is a little nervous around spreadsheets, this will be a practical and hands on demonstration of Google Sheets, AutoCrat and Form Mule.
Visuals in a Snap
Behavior supports, visual schedules, communication boards, and representing content in visual ways for reading, writing, and more: it's all great news for our learners, but can you get it done quickly? We'll explore some simple, free, or nearly free tech tools and resources to make your visuals in a snap.