Communicative Competence with Gateway© 60 and Pro

Training Type: DynaVox T10/Compass


Answering questions in class, writing a book report, and chatting with friends, are just a few of the things Elizabeth does using with Gateway 60 on her DynaVox Maestro. Elizabeth was already a linguistically competent communicator when she began using Gateway 60. Her expressive language needs were addressed in early elementary school when she was learning to use Gateway 40. Her challenge was to master the contents of Gateway 60 so she could communicate without needing to think about where a word was located or if a targeted word was there. Elizabeth and her school team also needed to have effective strategies that would enable her to actively participate in school activities demonstrate mastery of her curriculum.

In this webinar participants will learn about the efficiency features of Gateway 60 and Pro and develop an understanding of the need to use formal language assessments to guide the development of appropriate language and AAC goals. Strategies for teaching vocabulary contents and location will be highlighted along with the need to address critical thinking and writing skills. Effective strategies for customizing Gateway 60/Pro to enhance classroom participation and designing community-based intervention activities will be presented.$0$0As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

·Describe the language efficiency features of Gateway©.

·Select appropriate goals for linguistically competency AAC users based on their syntactic and pragmatic language abilities.

·Design appropriate intervention activities for facilitating functional use of Gateway 60 and Pro in school and within the community.

Because of the unique characteristics of our product(s), this presentation will focus exclusively on the DynaVox Mayer-Johnson product line and will not include information on other similar communication or educational product(s).

Presented by:Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has over 30 years experience working in the field of Augmentative Communication (AAC). She is currently maintains a private practice consulting to schools and private agencies. Joan has published and presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to AAC assessment and intervention. Joan is the immediate Past President of the New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association, and a Past-President of the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Since 1991, she has directed Camp Chatterbox, a therapy camp for children using AAC devices. Joan is the author of the Gateway to Language and Learning© page set and the Test of Aided-Communication Symbol Performance© (TASP).

Financial Disclosure: Joan has a contract with DynaVox related to the Gateway pageset.

Non-financial Disclosure: Joan is the author of the Gateway pageset.


Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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