Do you serve multilingual clients and want to help them thrive with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? We have a special course for you!
Minspeak® Academy (formerly Semantic Compaction Systems) is hosting a fall Master Class that features translanguaging strategies, identity-affirming AAC systems, and culturally supportive family coaching.
Join us for this live online two-day class:
Translanguaging Strategies to Support Home Language Maintenance and Development through AAC
There’s an increasing number of youth who use AAC and come from homes where a language other than English is predominantly spoken. English-only intervention may not be the best fit your clients. Let’s consider a different approach to serving families who are linguistically diverse.
Translanguaging practices recognize, accept, and support all the communicative resources an individual possesses as positive and indicative of the individual's desire to make meaning and connect. Translanguaging is about communication, not just language. With this approach, you can honor a person’s full linguistic background. And you’ll discover how their first language helps them develop a new language and communication skills.
Dr. Gloria Soto is a professor at San Francisco State University specializing in AAC. She co-directs Project AAC for ALL, training future speech, language therapists and special education teachers on AAC provision for dual language learners with disabilities. Her research focuses on language development, inclusive education, and AAC services to students from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Soto has published multiple articles and co-authored two books on AAC in schools. She is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences.
Succeeding in AAC takes a full team working together. Let’s use the strengths of our multilingual teams to engage everyone in growing language and communication!
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