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Woolfolk Lecture Series Fall Conference 2019

Woolfolk Lecture Series Fall Conference 2019

The Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk Conference is presented every two years by Our Lady of the Lake University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders (formerly Communication and Learning Disorders Department), Harry Jersig Center and Continuing Education Office. The conference is dedicated to promoting research in child language disorders and advancing the treatment of children with language and learning disabilities.

The conference is named for benefactor Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk, PhD. Dr. Woolfolk, a nationally recognized expert in communication disorders and OLLU alumna, has developed a comprehensive set of tests to evaluate oral and written language comprehension and expression. She established OLLU’s communication disorders program more than 50 years ago and continues as an active supporter of the program.

Speaker: Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP
CE Hours: 3

Course Description:

Best Practices for Facilitating Communication and Early Literacy in the Emerging AAC Communicator
This workshop will describe best practices for selective vocabulary that is powerful, motivating, and functional for the emerging communicator. Goals and objectives for facilitating linguistic, social, strategic and operational AAC competencies will be reviewed. Lastly, as the ultimate goal of intervention with the emerging, is to become a literate context dependent communicator, best practices for early literacy intervention will be provided.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Main 311 A and B Conference Center


8:00-8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome and Course Overview
9:00-9:15 a.m. Introduction to AAC
9:15-9:30 a.m. Pre-intentional and pre-symbolic communication in emerging AAC communicators
9:30-10:15 a.m. Best Practices for assessing emerging AAC communicators
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:00 a.m. Best practices for vocabulary selection with emerging AAC communicators
11:00-11:45 a.m. Best practices in developing linguistic, social, strategic and operational communicative competence with emerging AAC communicators
11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Best practices for early literacy intervention with emerging AAC communicators
12:00-12:15 p.m. Conclusion and questions/answers

Professional: $50
Student: $15

  1. List three pre-requisite components of intentional communication and three pre-requisite components of symbolic communication in typically developing children.
  2. List three formal AAC assessment tools that can be used to identify the emerging communicator's communication strengths and means to communicate.
  3. Define core vocabulary and list three core vocabulary words that should be included in the emerging communicator's AAC system.
  4. State one therapy objective to facilitate each of the four AAC competencies with the emerging communicator- linguistic, social, strategic and operational.
  5. List three instructional strategies to use with the emerging communicator during story.

Financial: Speaker will receive an honorarium. No other financial relationship exists.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

This program has been approved for 3 clock hours of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

Prices range from $15.00 to $50.00 (price depends on options selected)

Refunds will be given up to Oct. 20 with a $10 deduction for professionals and a $5 deduction for students to cover administrative costs. Please contact Cynthia Davila ( if you would like to request a refund.