2019 NDSLHA State Convention

Authentic AAC: Strategies for Thoughtful Implementation of Communication Supports, Rachael Langley

This workshop focuses on the foundational skills required for augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) implementation, including how we teach these skills and how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics include research-based pillars of AAC implementation, including aided-language input, a core vocabulary focus, meaningful literacy instruction and more. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in activities highlighting principles and strategies as we cover various topics. Take away ideas for implementation, resources for providing training to others, and encouragement as we look ahead at where the field of AAC is heading.

About the Speaker

Rachael Langley is a speech-language pathologist working as an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist in Mid-Michigan. Her 16-year career has focused primarily on supporting students with complex communication needs. A two-time graduate of Michigan State University, Rachael has served as a clinical faculty member and guest lecturer at several local universities. She is one of the founders and organizers of the #TalkingAAC Conference, the only conference of its kind in Michigan. Rachael is the owner of Reach Language, LLC and has presented at local, state, and national conferences. In addition to clinical and consultative work, Rachael enjoys creating and sharing materials that focus on practical strategies for educators and families.

Use of SLP Assistants, Janet Deppe

This workshop will provide information regarding regulation, use, and supervision of SLPAs.

About the Speaker

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP is the Director of State Affairs in the Government Affairs and Public Policy division at ASHA. In that capacity, she coordinates the priorities of ASHA’s state affairs team, serves as the ASHA liaison to states in the Central/Midwest region under ASHA’s state outreach initiative, which provides assistance and support to further state legislative and regulatory efforts and administrative/management issues. She monitors credentialing, health, and education legislation and regulations in states and represents the association at federal and state meetings. Janet is the ex officio for the School Finance Committee whose focus is to help members understand and access complex federal, state, and local funding mechanisms.

Continuing Education/Credits

The NDSLHA conference will offer 8 hours of continuing education. In addition, NDSLHA will be pairing with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) to offer one graduate credit (15 hours). NSSLHA’s conference will be held on March 29, 2019. To receive graduate credit, attendees must attend the Thursday NDSLHA conference, including the working lunch (lunch is included), as well as the Friday NSSLHA conference.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sleep Inn, Minot, ND (701.837.3100). Room rates are $85 (plus tax) per room. Rooms will be held until March 1, 2019.

2019 NSSLHA Conference

The 2019 NSSLHA conference is scheduled for March 29, 2019. More information will be available at a later date.