Gateway© 20 & 40: Language Development Goals and Activities

Training Type: DynaVox T10/Compass


Despite the fact that Shelly is severely physically impaired, she understands everything anyone says to her. She laughs appropriately at jokes and thrives on listening to “adult gossip”. She will answer questions but will rarely initiate communication with her device. Todd is ambulatory. He uses signs to make requests and comment. In a structured therapy session, he can use his DynaVox to make syntactically correct sentences. The AAC performance of these two children mirrors the performance of many young AAC users.$0$0In this webinar, participants will review the contents and organization of the Gateway© 20 and 40 page sets in relation to the specific syntactic and pragmatic language goals they can support. Tools for assessing symbolic communication skills and syntactic and pragmatic skills will be highlighted. A variety of activities that can be used to improve a child’s expressive language performance will be presented along with strategies to help families integrate use of Gateway within family activities. As 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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