Speech-Language Pathologist Susan Berkowitz Discusses Developing ELD-AAC
Q: What originally inspired you to create ELD-AAC?
A: After decades working directly with AAC users, I saw the need for an effective, scaffolded solution to advance skills beyond single words. I wanted to create something purpose-built to drive continuity.
Q: How does ELD-AAC differ from other AAC options?
A: The key differentiation is the scaffolded learning activities combined with robust data analytics for measurable growth. It takes a closed loop approach.
Q: What makes the ELD-AAC activities so engaging for students?
A: We utilize principles of gamification including characters, animations, challenges, and rewards. This motivates students to actively practice communication skills.
Q: Why the focus on comprehensive data tracking?
A: Detailed data enables educators to gain insights into each student’s needs, customize supports accordingly, and quantify progress. It ultimately informs instruction.
Q: Could you explain the multi-profile analytics feature?
A: Multiple learner profiles can be managed on shared devices. As students engage with the activities, their individual usage and performance data is tracked separately.
Q: Why is access to individual student data so valuable for educators?
A: It allows pinpointing each learner’s strengths, troubleshooting weaknesses, and customizing supports tailored to their actual needs.
Q: How does ELD-AAC help quantify student progress over time?
A: The robust analytics allow compiling student reports and visualizing gains across activities. This fosters data-driven learning.
Q: In what ways can ELD-AAC data help students and parents?
A: Sharing customized progress reports provides students motivation and gives parents tangible insights into advancement.
Q: What impact do you hope ELD-AAC has on students?
A: Our goal is giving students tools to find their voice. Building communication abilities unlocks worlds of possibility. I want ELD-AAC to help unlock human potential.
Q: What’s been most rewarding about developing ELD-AAC?
A: Seeing firsthand the positive impact it is already having on empowering students and teachers through their success stories. It motivates me to keep innovating.
Q: Where do you see the future of AAC technology headed?
A: The possibilities will continue rapidly expanding. But human connection remains vital. Balancing high-tech tools with human interaction is the ideal.
Q: What’s on the horizon for future ELD-AAC updates?
A: We’re continually improving activities and adding exciting new features based directly on user feedback. The input of the community helps guide innovations.
Q: What advice would you give SLPs getting started with ELD-AAC?
A: Leverage the data insights, customize difficulty to each student’s level, employ positive reinforcements, and integrate activities into functional daily contexts.
Q: How can parents and families best support ELD-AAC use?
A: Maintain open communication with the therapy team, motivate children through praise and rewards, facilitate consistent practice opportunities at home.
Q: What sparked your initial passion for speech-language pathology?
A: I’ve always wanted to help empower others to communicate. Even from a young age I felt drawn to help give people a voice.
Q: How has your approach to AAC evolved over your career?
A: It’s been an incredible learning process as technology and research have progressed. I’m continually refining techniques while centered on the student.
Q: What drives your commitment to innovation?
A: I’m motivated every day seeing how tools like ELD-AAC empower students educationally, socially, and beyond. There’s always more we can do.
Q: How does your experience inform ELD-AAC’s training tools for SLPs?
A: Susan has drawn upon lessons learned over decades. The onboarding resources leverage proven best practices for implementation success.
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