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Movement, Motivation and Mastery of AAC: A co-treat approach webinar

Date: November 26, 2018

Time: 11:00-12:00

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Brenda & Melanie's non profitonline 501

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Every child wants to move. Nothing seems more motivating to our children with complicated, non-ambulatory, bodies than movement. Movement increases arousal level and primes the 'brain-pump' for communication. Movement also promotes self-initiated activities. Presenting communication in both high and low tech ways during a variety of physical activities, creates highly motivating opportunities. This allows teachers and parents to see and incorporate other ways to communicate with these children when they are not in their wheelchairs. Videos of co-treats will help launch your team into cross-discipline implementation of AAC.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

Learn the science and research behind movement, level of alertness and language acquisition.

Obtain strategies to work with complicated bodies and access methods for AAC devices

Gather treatment tools for engaging whole bodies for maximum learning opportunities.



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.

Melanie Conatser OTR/L
Melanie has been an OT in Arizona for over 12 years as a private practitioner. She works for Advanced Therapy Solutions and provides service both in-home and clinic based. . You may have seen her on the news for HIPPO therapy or 'Roller Derbies'! She is also an expert helping users access AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). Melanie also has a unique skill set in training very young children to operate powered wheelchairs as she helps all her clients work toward independent mobility. 
Believe Beyond Ability is A non-profit organization that evaluates, determines, provides and trains those with multiple disabilities on assistive technology to increase independence and access activities of daily living. Brenda and Melanie are the co-founders of Believe Beyond Ability, a non-profit organization in Arizona that funds assistive technology equipment that is not covered by insurance. Kristi is our Community Connections Coordinator and Board Member. Believe Beyond Ability was recognized as the 'Assistive Technology Success Story of 2017' at the national Closing the Gap conference.

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