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AAC Awareness Month Webinars – Insights with Avaz 2022

Avaz Inc. presents ‘Insights with Avaz’, a free webinar series all through October to celebrate AAC Awareness Month.

Date: Oct 06, 2022

THU, 4.30 – 5.30 PM IST
7:00 – 8:00 AM EST/EDT
4:00 – 5:00 AM PST/PDT

Dr. Koyeli Sengupta
AAC in Addition To OR Instead of Speech – The role of the Developmental Paediatrician in decision making

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems are important ways to support children with communication difficulties and Paediatricians can best guide parents in a timely manner.

This session will address myths about AAC use and provide information about who and how AAC can help. It also includes a brief demo of Avaz (an AAC app) by Team Avaz.

About Koyeli Sengupta

Dr. Koyeli Sengupta is a Senior Consultant in Developmental Paediatrics at Ummeed Child Development Center and SRCC NH Children’s Hospital in Mumbai. She is also Director of Autism Intervention services at Ummeed and is engaged in many training initiatives for parents and professionals.

Date: Oct 13, 2022

THU, 4.30 – 5.30 PM IST
7:00 – 8:00 AM EST/EDT
4:00 – 5:00 AM PST/PDT

Lauren S. (Enders)

Tips for Encouraging and Supporting AAC Users

For parents, support staff or professionals, supporting AAC users doesn’t come easily. In this session, you will learn through video examples, about common partner behaviours that seem like a good idea, but actually can hinder language development and also understand the language to be used to support an AAC user’s language development and their motivation to communicate.

About Lauren S. (Enders) Gonzales

Lauren S. (Enders) Gonzales, MA, CCC-SLP is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant working for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. She has more than 25 years of experience and is passionate about providing access to communication, and empowering parents and caregivers! She presents at leading national and international conferences and has 10k followers on Facebook and 34K followers on Pinterest!

Date: Oct 20, 2022

THU, 4.30 – 5.30 PM IST
7:00 – 8:00 AM EST/EDT
4:00 – 5:00 AM PST/PDT

Nazma Sheikh

Guide to using Avaz AAC for Gestalt Language Processors / Delayed Echolalia

Did you know that some children communicate using delayed echolalia – through songs, poems, or repeating the same phrases heard in the past.

This webinar will help you understand another natural way of acquiring language, and learn strategies for them to use Avaz AAC to communicate.

About Nazma Sheikh

Founder & CEO of Starwalkers Clinic. A Neurodiversity-Affirming Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in Autism, and one of the few SLPs in India who’s specialized in Gestalt Language Processing using Natural Language Acquisition framework. She’s a firm advocate of AAC-use, guiding parents/caregivers of neurodivergent individuals. 

Date: Oct 27, 2022

THU, 4.30 – 5.30 PM IST
7:00 – 8:00 AM EST/EDT
4:00 – 5:00 AM PST/PDT

Dr. Preeja Balan

Voices of AAC (Avaz) users and parents’ perspectives: A panel discussion

Get inspired! This session highlights videos of Avaz users using the app in a variety of situations, while also expressing their thoughts, and opinions.

Listen to the panel of parents discuss their experiences on how AAC has impacted their children’s lives, moderated by Dr. Preeja Balan.

About Preeja Balan

Dr. Preeja Balan, PhD in Speech Language Pathology. She is the co-founder and Director of Octave Hearing and Speech Centre, Bangalore, working with individuals with communication impairments requiring AAC. She trains parents, teachers and professionals on communication assessment and intervention for improving the AAC users’ communication outcomes and their quality of life.

Watch more AAC Webinars by experts around the world here.

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