From August 7-9, 2015, EBS Children’s Institute, the state-of-the-art facility located at the EBS Healthcare Headquarters, hosted the National Angelman Sydrome Foundation Symposium. Erin Sheldon, M. Ed and Maureen Nevers, SLP-CCC co-presented on “Literacy through Communication: AAC and Students with Angelman Syndrome”.
This 3-day event discussed current research and practice into an integrated approach to foster AAC adoption in students with Angelman syndrome (AS), through rich aided language environments, enhanced early literacy experiences, and comprehensive literacy instruction. Participants also engaged in hands-on practice with modeled use of AAC during shared reading and shared writing, as well as systematic data collection using observational and portfolio assessment.
Erin Sheldon, M. Ed is an assistive technology consultant in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Erin has conducted workshops at conferences such as Closing the Gap, ATIA, and CSUN; for school boards and professional associations across North America, and at family and teacher conferences in North America and Europe. She is the founder and director of the Angelman Literacy Project. The Project conducts research into the learning needs of students with Angelman syndrome and professional development workshops and family-based learning camps. The Project applies the research from the field of emergent literacy to the learning of students with Angelman, relying on the work of scholars such as Dr. Karen Erickson and guided by the professional practices of Dr. Caroline Musselwhite, Dr. Carole Zangari, and Dr. Gretchen Hanser.
Maureen Nevers, SLP-CCC is an Augmentative Communication Consultant for the Vermont I-Team. She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and participated in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program through the U.S. Department of Education Training Grant. Maureen is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and an experienced Augmentative Communication Specialist.