Workshops by Pati King-DeBaun


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Sample Workshops…



Highlighted Workshops from Pati King-DeBaun, M.S. CCC-SLP! 

All workshops can include the inclusion of iPads as a teaching tool if not mentioned in the write up! The workshop topics can be combined and can be one or two-day workshops and Topics can be addressed for Keynote presentations. Please mention when contacting Pati your preferences. Also have your own ideas or do not see the exact workshop you can contact.


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801-509- 1729

A Roadmap for Literacy: Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities, According to C. Van Howe, “This workshop was one of the top rated sessions at ATIA 2016!” 

Too Often AAC instruction stagnates if team members are not clear about the steps necessary to move communication forward. Participants will better understand how to develop a scope and sequence for teaching core words, linguistic literacy and social skills that are used by all team members. In order for AAC instruction to be successful, there are several key strategies that need to be integrated into the repertoire of all programs with teachers including paraprofessionals, General Education teachers, Special Education teachers, related services providers and parents. Simply stating something on an instructional plan does not guarantee that everyone understands how and what the student will learn on the communication system. Since communication and literacy are vital to learning, everyone has to be on the same page. In this session participants will understand what the scope and sequence looks like regardless of what communication system the child is using.Participants will also learn about scripting of intervention plans so all staff is on the
same page when teaching elements of the communication system and how they can document progress.

More than Core for AAC instruction! The Balance of Conversational and Generative Language 

Students of all ages need the benefits of both fluency within conversations and the ability to generate language at any given time. The more physical or sensory challenges students have, the greater the necessity. A balanced approach for instruction will be demonstrated. The ability to think about what you are learning and communicate those thoughts is the pathway and motivating element to successful and meaningful generative language. Case examples will demonstrate a variety of strategies and instruction that create opportunities for quick conversational and thoughtful generative language. Strategies and resources will be shared to determine the when, what, who and where within instructional activities. Participants will learn how to map out their own instructional strategies for all students.

 Early Literacy Success: Students who have Complex Communication Needs

This session is appropriate for students  from Toddler-K who are at the early literacy levels and struggle with communication and language. Case examples will demonstrate support strategies for children with autism, multiple disabilities, AAC users and students who have severe language delays. Appropriate for students at home in inclusion or self contained situations. Infused within this session will demonstrate appropriate low tech materials, iPad activities and access. The use of other AAC systems or technologies will be demonstrated as appropriate. The strategies within this session address both literacy and language instruction that demonstrates a continuum of core vocabulary, word recognition, phonemic /phonological awareness and expressive communication.
Make and Take available for this workshop. Call for options

Motivating Teens and Young Adults AAC and Literacy Instruction!!

This will specifically target students who are struggling with communication or have not had any communication and are in their teens or who are young adults. If students are not motivated to communicate especially in the teen years it is very difficult to motivate them. This presentation will demonstrate a variety of strategies to look at how to develop successful communication using a balanced instructional approach that addresses conversations, literacy (reading and writing ) and language instruction. Through case examples participants will see how students can move from no communication to full communicators! Unique strategies such as developing hobbies and hidden talents will also be addressed within this workshop.

The Art and Writing Connections for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

 Creative activities include; art, writing and communication opportunities. The importance of facilitating these creative activities can be used as a means to enhance emerging literacy skills and can be extremely motivating and fun. This session will empower others to begin to address art and written communication with students who have significant disabilities. Adapted art tools for students with the most significant physical disabilities will be demonstrated on paper light tech as well as with a variety of creative methods to use Apps on the iPad. Participants will learn how common core content can be addressed in a fun and motivating way.

Inclusion of AAC in the Regular Classroom

Speaking is the major mode of expression in any classroom. Students use speech to answer questions, to ask questions, to share information, to socially interact with peers. Many literacy skills are learned and evaluated through verbal modalities. However, not being able to speak (or speak clearly) does not necessarily equate with “unable to learn” in the classroom setting. In fact, the language learning activities within a classroom, as well as the routine opportunities to interact, are the most natural conditions for a student who uses an AAC system/device to LEARN. The challenge for the educational team is how to integrate classroom activities so that the student is able to LEARN academic skills, LEARN to participate in conversational routines, as well as, LEARN to use the AAC system/device. Appropriate knowledge and planning is key to this integration process. Emphasis will be on communication supports for all students with instructional strategies for including students who use AAC in the regular education classroom and/or special education programs and how to support them. Participants will learn how to approach communication from an integrated model of communication focusing on Conversation, Language, and Literacy. A variety of resources including support materials for communication will be a part of this workshop. Participants will not only understand how to infuse communication into the typical classroom but also how to create a plan for implementing all aspects of communication; conversation, language and literacy.

What is in your iPad Language and Literacy Support ToolBox? Hands on iPad 


A toolbox approach will be used to discover what is right for each student. Participants will use a worksheet called “Finding the Right App –A Tool Box Approach, (King-DeBaun, (2011) to determine student(s) needs. Within this framework participants will discover how iPad Apps can help students with physical, cognitive, and other significant disabilities to learn independently and successfully. With the hundred plus apps that exist this presentation will focus on the most important solutions for students with real-life examples of why the Apps were selected and how those Apps are used. Participants will understand how switch access and other access methods work with the iPad, some tips and tricks for successful participation of both students in inclusion situations and special education classrooms. This hands on workshop will explores the tools for students to participate and the tools for teachers to create materials and accessible learning for all students!
2016/2017 Workshop/Consulting Fees-
Flat rate for 1 day within USA $3200.00 (includes workshop, lodging and airfare) Two Day Flat rate Fees within USA $6000.00 (includes 2 day workshop, lodging airfare and all expenses)
Some workshops can include make and take. Call or email with requests.



801-509- 1729


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