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Grant Wood Area Education Agency and the University of Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education & Research Presents:
The 2017 “Building Bridges: Eastern Iowa Assistive Technology Conference” will provide an opportunity to see first-hand the latest in assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students with disabilities. This AT conference will serve as a unique opportunity for professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status and assistive technology tools available for consideration.
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Tuesday, April 25 • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Core Vocabulary in Early Childhood: Increasing Engagement and Communication Skills

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There are many alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) tools and strategies available to help aid communication and engagement for young children with autism. One self-contained early childhood classroom in the Cedar Rapids Community School district began implementing Universal Core Vocabulary throughout the day and explicit teaching of core vocabulary words. Core vocabulary is integrated within circle time, centers, music, and small group instruction. The purpose of this session is to provide professionals working in early childhood with ideas of how to implement core vocabulary, increase student engagement, and improve communication skills in young children with autism.

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Laura McDonald

Speech-Language Pathologist, Autism Consultant, Grant Wood AEA
Laura is a certified speech-language pathologist and Autism Consultant at Grant Wood AEA. She currently works part time as an SLP with PK-1 level 3 autism programs in the Cedar Rapids Community School District and part time as an Autism Consultant for GWAEA.



Tuesday April 25, 2017 3:10pm - 4:00pm
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