Assistive Technology Mini-maker Fair
March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm| FREE
For Parents and Caregivers
Presented by Jennifer Seale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
This FREE event hosted by the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) is designed specifically for parents and caregivers, and includes a FREE Spaghetti dinner beginning at 5pm, with the workshop to begin at 5:30pm.
Workshop Description: This workshop is a bonus after-hours opportunity for families to learn about ways that everyday objects can be transformed into AAC and AT solutions “on-the-fly.” Aiming to support caregiver recognition that high technology solutions for communication are not the only (or always the best) option families will be invited to participate in a make and take activity using everyday materials to support aided language modeling and to promote social interaction opportunities (e.g., recreation, literacy). Additionally, a brief overview of important things to consider in decision-making related to AAC systems will be offered.
Jennifer M. Seale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine. Her academic, research and clinical interests are focused on AAC science and practice. Dr. Seale has expertise providing AAC services to a diverse population, including individuals with Autism. Her research aims to inform AAC public policy, service delivery and product design using human computer interaction, interaction analysis and mixed-methodologies. She has presented her work in regional, national and international venues.