A heartfelt THANK YOU TO RIPHAH UNIVERSITY and its speech and language pathology department as well as the organizers who created this excellent event!
It was an enormous honor to be invited to speak at the very first conference on Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the country of Pakistan! A huge thanks also to Riphah university for their generous hosting and to the Speech-Language University Department and Ayesha Butt in particular for her skill and patience in organizing the event. Finally, I am of course humbled and thrilled to speak among thought leaders such as David Baynes.
Please do not hesitate for a moment to contact me if you have questions, concerns, requests, or anything else that I can do for you. My life's work is to train, educate, develop, and ultimately improve outcomes in AAC both at home and abroad. There is no question too small or too large; please reach out and I will do my best either to provide an answer myself or to find someone who can. First here, I'll provide free links to the two conference sessions I presented; after that, I'll provide my contact information with an open-door policy and a host of printable resources, training materials, and bonus clinical videos that could help inform your own strategies.
Part One: A Philosophical Overview of AAC
Part Two: Avaz and FreeSpeech
Resources, training, and
bonus clinical videos
You are welcome to share or reuse anything here with the exception of the clinical videos, for which I have consent to present in academic or training settings but not distribute to the public in general.
- AAC 101 handout for teachers, aides, caregivers, and others who need a quick set of basic that they will actually read (this will likely be updated soon)
- Walkthrough of accessibility features in iOS 9
- Walkthrough of accessibility features in iOS 10
Bonus Clinical Videos:
- Example of Immediate Echolalia
- Playing Bejeweled with Homebrew EyeGaze
- Case Study 1 (ASD): Communication through Behavior, then emerging signs
- Case Study 2 (ASD): AAC frustration followed by success
- Case Study 3 (Rett Syndrome): Eye gaze system transition
- Interview with Sonja's mother (Case Study 3: Rett Syndrome); provided for free equipment.
- Case Study 4 (Juvenile Huntington's): Oral language used for voice banking for AAC
I can be reached at www.lukesteuber.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or my personal cell, 541-321-9667. I can also probably be found on Facebook if you look hard enough! If I don't reply promptly, that simply means that I am with a student or otherwise occupied and will return your call or email as soon as I can. I am always happy to consult, chat, or otherwise offer advice either to you as a clinician, family member, school team, or all of the above. I'm also happy to review goals for individualized education.
My availability is limited but I promise I'll do my best to find out the answers to questions I don't know, refer you to those who do if I need to, and provide constant communication - even to international clients. Language is a beautiful gift, and any part I can play in helping to foster and grow the skills of a child is hugely rewarding for me.
Even if you aren't local, feel free to reach out as my strategy is often to consult from a distance in order to help build a plan as unique as your child. In the past year I have either worked remotely with - or traveled directly to - students in six different countries.
If, after having seen these resources and heard my talks, you feel compelled to make some financial contribution, please know that even a small contribution can help to ensure that the maximum number of people can learn about - and have access to - the tools they need to find their voice.
Finally, if you have a moment ...
Free printable posters!