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03/28/2024, AT Chatter – Inclusive Tips for Early Childhood: Expanding Communication

Date: 03/28/2024 Time: 11:30-12:00 Location: internet Type: Webinar


AT Chatters are an opportunity for educators to come together via Zoom to discuss relevant topics. This AT Chatter focuses on early childhood and addresses the questions: “What if a student can’t speak?  Where do we begin with providing alternative access to language and communication?”  We will share ideas on how to support preschoolers with alternative ways to engage in literacy experiences with their peers!  Join teachers, therapists, and parents to share ideas and resources!

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange by sharing experiences, successful practices, and challenges around implementing alternative communication supports within a preschool setting.
  2. Participants will list 2 practical and actionable communication strategies to foster inclusive learning opportunities for early childhood students with complex communication needs.
  3. Participants will list 2 AT tools to increase engagement in social experiences for early childhood students with complex communication needs.


Kristin Leslie, ATP, MAT, OTR/L

Kristin Leslie is an occupational therapist and an assistive technology professional who is currently in the role of director at the Special Education Technology Center (SETC).  She has worked in special education in Washington state public schools for 23 years. Her leadership role at SETC includes providing guidance to administrators, families, and school teams on assistive technology tools and best practices to remove barriers to student learning.

Sarah Kinsella, MA CCC-SLP

Sarah Kinsella is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting students with complex communication needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and has worked in the public school setting for 11 years. She also served as the district Assistive Technology Specialist for 7 years, working with multidisciplinary teams and families to support students with a variety of Assistive Technology and AAC needs. She is passionate about her field and thankful for the students with whom she works as they help her learn and grow along the way.

Sara Ayars


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

Clock hours for this webinar and others in this series are available from ESD105 for a small fee. The following Professional Development Enroller link provides more information about clock hours: