News Item Details

ESC Speech-Language Pathologists to Present at National Autism Conference

Posted: 4/19/2018

Jamie Harding and Lauren Hagenbuch, two speech-language pathologists (SLP) at the Summit Educational Service Center (ESC), were selected to present at the 2018 Milestones National Autism Conference at the Cleveland I-X Center.

The women’s presentation, titled “Do More with Core: Implementing Core Communication with AAC Users,” will discuss the value of using a core word approach when teaching Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC). According to Harding and Hagenbuch’s abstract, individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at any age can benefit from this approach, no matter their amount of AAC exposure or success.

“We hope to show how a focus on teaching and using core words can help individuals move beyond basic requesting and labeling skills,” said Hagenbuch. “We also want individuals, families, therapists and teachers to see how the same ‘core vocabulary’ words can be used in a variety of settings to achieve more communication functions, such as commenting, directing, protesting and describing.”

The women will deliver their presentation on Friday, June 15 at 11:15 a.m. in room F-09 of the I-X Center. The conference will incorporate over 90 unique workshops for educators, therapists, adult providers, administrators, health professionals, family members and individuals with ASD.

With nearly 20 years of combined experience in the field, both Harding and Hagenbuch work with children and adults with ASD in various contexts. The two SLPs met when Hagenbuch was in graduate school, working as an assistant at Kids First, a program offered by Summit ESC for children with ASD.

According to Harding, who has presented at the Milestones conference before, this opportunity to present the pair’s findings is the best way to share ideas with other people who may benefit from the discussion.

“We hope to show how a focus on teaching/using core words can help individuals move beyond basic requesting/labeling skills to become initiators in their environments,” said Hagenbuch. “We also want individuals, families, therapists and teachers to see how the same ‘core vocabulary’ words can be used in a variety of settings to achieve more communication functions, such as commenting, directing, protesting and describing.”

To see a full list of the conference workshops or to register, visit www.milestones.org/conferences.