After spending last week at the Inclusive Technology Conference run by Spectronics I am officially in brain overload.
There were some excellent sessions, some ordinary and some downright awful – but overall the conference was worth attending and I would consider going again.
The week has given me tonnes of “new ideas”… some came from the conference, some from my ‘room-mate’ (a mum of a very accomplished AAC user), some from being immersed in that thinking space for four days in a row and some from just being able to step back and look at the big picture.
I am now needing to find some time to work out how to add some opportunities in our day such as these as a starting point…
- model using the AAC device with Mac (ie use it to communicate with him to help demonstrate the steps)
- incorporate more opportunities for social chit-chat for Mac
- teach Mac how to play tic-tac-toe, checkers, backgammon & chess
- get Mac to start writing his lunch orders (ie requests for me to make) on the weekend
- assess/trial about ten different software programs I like the look of
- read about 20 books/research papers that peaked my interest
I’ll be sure to post more detailed information on the conference in general, and individual sessions, now I am home, unpacked and back in ‘school mum mode’.