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Switch Access to Vocabulary for Emergent Communicators

Date: January 28, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00

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Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCCinternet 501

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Many “experts,” say that switch access for communication is too challenging for young users. This has resulted in single-message Big Macks taking over preschool classrooms, which focuses more on cause and effect than authentic connection and communication. Join me to view videos of some of my youngest switch users and see how we use relevant and motivating vocabulary to help them master this access method. 



Participants will learn how to teach switch access to users as young as one year old.

Participants will see examples of pages and activities that motivate these students to improve their access methods. 

Participants will receive handouts and resources on the progression of teaching switch access.


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC, has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master's Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

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