Tina Moreno, M.A. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist - Virtual Keynote Speaker
AAC and Me - Language, Literacy and Love
Tina has been living the AAC life since her son was introduced to his first communication device 17 years ago. She will share some of her adventures in the world of AAC, language and literacy as a mom who was also morphed into a speech-language pathologist and co-founder of Camp ALEC, a summer literacy camp for AAC users. Join her as she reflects on some of the mistakes she’s made and shares lessons she’s learned along the way.
Dr. Karen Erickson - Center for Literacy and Disability Studies - UNC Chapel Hill
Enhancing Comprehensive Literacy Instruction with Targeted Interventions
Karen directs the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies where she first started working with Dr. Koppenhaver nearly 30 years ago. She will provide an overview of comprehensive, conventional literacy instruction with specific attention to strategies that build reading, writing, and communication skills. Join Karen as she also shares strategies to help educators, therapists, and families target areas of need once comprehensive instruction is in place.
Kim Rankin - Parent & Educator
Comprehensive Literacy Instruction at Home: A Solution Not Solely for Homeschoolers
Kim attended Drs. Erickson and Koppenhaver's three-day workshop on Comprehensive Conventional Literacy in March 2019 seeking insight in supporting her then six-year old son's literacy development in their homeschool environment. Nathaniel is non-speaking and uses AAC. The strategies she learned at the conference drastically changed their educational journey. Kim will share a few insights from their experience and provide an observation of three families who are not homeschooling, but implementing comprehensive literacy strategies at home to supplement school provided instruction.