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Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)


PATINS Specialists

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David Jackson

David is a Speech-Language Pathologist (ASHA Certifed and member of SIG #12) by training and a tech lover by genes! He wants all students to realize success through access to the supports, tools, and materials that they deserve. AAC and AT are two potential solutions in a toolbox. In addition to his specialty areas listed below, he can support eye gaze, head control, switches, and mounts.

Specialty Areas:

  • AAC
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI) and Access

Contact Information:

Email: djackson@patinsproject.org
Phone: 765-426-0220
Twitter: @djackson1991

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Jessica Conrad

Jessica has been a PATINS Specialist since 2016. She has her B.A. and M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and an M.Ed. in Learning and Technology. Jessica has a passion for literacy and language. She is the Past-President of the Indiana Division for Early Childhood, a member of ASHA SIG 12 (AAC), a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, and a novice stained glass artist.

Specialty Areas:

  • AAC
  • Communication Disorders
  • Early Intervention

Contact Information:

Email: jconrad@patinsproject.org
Phone: 317-694-5317
Twitter: @jconradslp

Lisa Benfield

Lisa has been an Occupational Therapist for 20+ years. She graduated with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Indiana University and has a M.H.Sc. in OT from the University of Indianapolis. Before becoming a PATINS Specialist in 2019, she worked as an OT and Assistive Technology Coordinator for 15 years at the district level. She served students from PreK to high school, in both traditional and residential settings. Lisa and her 5 children love to travel, spend time with their dogs, and watch the latest movies.

Specialty Areas:

  • AAC
  • Apple Accessibility & Integration
  • Emotional & Behavioral Health

Contact Information:

Email: lbenfield@patinsproject.org
Phone: 317-572-5570
Twitter: @LisaBenfieldOT


Resources

No-cost PATINS AAC Consultations

AAC Consultation Request Form for Indiana public PreK-12 staff members to request our services for consultation and support for a specific student case. This 2-minute video is a brief overview of our process.

Continuous Learning Resources for Students using AAC

Compiled by PATINS Project Staff and local educators, this page free resources such as printable boards, core word lessons, and more.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Terms and Descriptions


Training

All of the trainings below can be requested by contacting the corresponding specialist at any time. You can find additional training sessions provided by the PATINS team on our Professional Development Guide.

Did you finish a recorded webinar and want the slides and resources? Be sure to fill out the evaluation and then email the presenter to let them know the evaluation has been filled out.

Recording: Use It Tomorrow AAC: Data Ideas with Jessica Conrad

How do you know and how do you show progress and intervention opportunities for students with complex communication needs? We'll discuss and review several simple and free/low-cost tools to support teams in knowing "where are we? and where are we going?" in the world of AAC.

Recording: Welcome to the Jungle! Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Jessica Conrad

AAC, Communication vs. Language, what is a "system" anyway? This 40 minute webinar drills down on some of the key terms and helps team members walk away with a shared understanding (and debunking some misconceptions!) that can also assist in creating better IEPs to inform the team and protect student's communication environments.

Upcoming Statewide Trainings

27 Sep
Twitter Chat #PatinsIcam
09.27.2022 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
29 Sep
AT in the IEP: Getting the Money
09.29.2022 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
29 Sep
AT in the IEP: Boots on the Ground
09.29.2022 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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