Communication disorders professors travel for workshop, presentation

Dr. Amy Finch, professor and interim chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at Fort Hays State University, was a visiting scholar at Medical University of South Carolina from March 24-25.

She taught a two-day graduate workshop on augmentative-alternative communication (AAC). Students were introduced to the topic and given the opportunity to use various AAC devices. They also created communication boards using a specialized computer software program.

On April 7, Finch and Dr. Ronald Fahey, associate professor of special education, gave a presentation on "A Balanced Approach to Literacy Using Technological Supports" at the Council of Exceptional Children Convention and Expo in Baltimore, MD. Their presentation was chosen as the showcase session for the Division of Communicative Disabilities and Deafness. It involved lecture with videotaped demonstrations of literacy activities for children with communication disorders, including children with autism and cerebral palsy.

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