Friday Conference Reception

Location: Presidents Dining Room and Patio

6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM

Get to know your conference peers at this opening mixer featuring music and light refreshments.

Saturday Seminar Topics

Location: Cultural Center Forum

8:00 AM  Registration Opens

9:00 AM NCC Opening Remarks - Judy C. Bailey, M.Ed., EPBSF

9:15 AM Keynote Address: Creating Change through Motor Practice Shelley Carnes, MS, OTR/L

10:20 AM Accessing Community Through Spelling - Elizabeth Vosseller, MA, CCC-SLP

11:25 AM Whole Body Movement - Dana Johnson, Ph.D., OTR/L, Karen Dorula, MS, OTR/L, Jessica Sibley, MS, OTR/L, Nadine Seaback, MS, OTR/L

12:25 - 1:25 PM Lunch Break

1:30 PM New Directions in Research - Vikram Jaswal, Ph.D.

2:35 PM Engaging the Body and Mind in Group Learning - Meghann Parkinson, Janine Caguicla, Kelsey Aughey

3:35 PM Stretch Break (led by OTs)

3:40 PM Personal Perspectives on Developing Body Brain ConnectionsNonspeaking Communicator Panel - Dillan Barmache - Typing for Change,  Brent Sullivan - Juniper Hill Farms; Blankets by Brent, Ava Guardado - Eddie Gaurdado Foundation & ACT Today! and Matt Hayes - Hayes Academy, Niko Boskovic (with Moderator Elizabeth Vosseller)

Sunday Break-Out Sessions

Location: Cultural Center Forum and Side Seminar Rooms

9:00 AM  - 10:30 AM

Letterboard Essentials - Kelsey Aughey and Meghann Parkinson

The Legal Right to Communicate Effectively -  Tauna Szymanski

*Whole Body Movement - Practical Application - Dana Johnson, Karen Dorula, Jess Sibley

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Lesson Writing Fundamentals - Meghann Parkinson, Janine Caguicla

Including Spellers in Schools: Lessons Learned along the Way - Dana Johnson, PhD, OT/R; Shelley Carnes, MS OT/R; Elizabeth Vosseller, MA, CCC-SLP

*Finding your Rhythm: Optimal Rhythms for Movement and Communication - Casey DePriest

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Coaching Parents in Providing Access and Support for Communication: A Research Experience Across AAC MethodsCasey L. Woodfield and Fernanda T. Orsati

Personal Perspectives - Parent Panel:  Andrea Darroch, Justin Draycott, Rene Hayes, Annette O'Brien, Elizabeth Reece (with Moderator Shelley Carnes)

*Collaborative Writing - Practical Application - Elizabeth Vosseller, Janine Caguicla, Meghann Parkinson

*These break outs are specifically designed for nonspeakers to engage their body and minds, however everyone is encouraged to attend the break out sessions they are most interested in! 

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Future of the Nonspeaking Community Consortium: NCC Board President Christie Vosseller