Closing the Gap is less than 2 months away! Have you registered yet? It takes place October 9-11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington. There will be a lot of wonderful presentations and so much great information to share with each other. While you are there, we encourage you to check out the following presentations:
WordPower: New Options and Features for TouchChat App and NOVA Chat Devices
Date: Thu, Oct 10, 2013 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Plaza 4
Category: augmentative communication
This session will provide an in-depth overview of the WordPower and ChatPower AAC vocabularies that have been designed for the TouchChat app and Saltillo's NOVA chat devices. New WordPower vocabularies will be reviewed, including those with 20, 24, 30, 42, 48, 60 and 80 locations. Various access strategies, including manipulation of touch screen sensitivity and scanning, will be explained and demonstrated. Unique features for TouchChat and NOVA chat vocabularies, such as use of "gestures," sharing/copying information from the WordPower vocabulary to a document, email and Facebook will be demonstrated.
Bridging Gaps: Literacy into Technology
Date: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 from 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Plaza 4
This presentation is designed to help early childhood professionals use repetition, literature and assistive technology to create a language-rich environment for both verbal and nonverbal children. Saltillo technology now allows nonverbal children within one classroom to benefit from using Read It Once Again's curriculum technique of combining literature with repetition. Participants will learn how to use goals and objectives combined with appropriate activities necessary to provide students with an educational program that will meet their basic needs in each of the five domains commonly addressed in the early childhood classroom.