10/25/2022, Awe and Wonder AAC Podcast: Degenerative Disorders Parent Perspective

Date: 10/25/2022 Time: 12:00-1:00 Location: internet Type: Meeting


Are you losing the human connection in the midst of data collection? Join Brenda and Sarah Tuesdays at noon as they talk with inspirational people who create awe and wonder in unique ways. “Wonder inspires the wish to understand; awe inspires the wish to let shine, to acknowledge and to unite.” Ulrich Weger & Johannes Wagemann (sourced from Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown) Participants will hear first hand accounts from people supporting students with complex needs. Assistive Technology, Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and IEP goals are discussed, but human connection is highlighted throughout this engaging series. 

Learning Objectives. Participants will:

  • Experience multiple perspectives of people who support kids with complex learning needs. 
  • Reframe assumptions about educating those with complex bodies. 
  • Gain skills in collaborating within multidisciplinary teams 
  1. Sept. 20th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Autism Parent Perspective, Nikki Shipp (autism), Joanna from AAC Design Team
  2. Sept. 27th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Mobility Matters, Heidi, Melanie 
  3. Oct. 4th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Wait Time, Marla (waiting matters, changing circle time
  4. Oct. 11th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Bright Beginnings Kaylee hull kiona-benson (go talk lite vs. pecs; voice output)
  5. Oct. 25th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Degenerative Disorders Parent Perspective, Kristy (degenerative, privilege of next birthday, data collection) 
  6. Nov. 1st Awe and Wonder Podcast: Buy-In, District level, how to include aac into the day (Bellevue crew; April-TPEP, principal) 
  7. Nov. 8th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Inclusionary Practices, Marsh and general ed teacher 
  8. Nov. 15th Awe and Wonder Podcast: Toxic Assumptions Parent Perspective, Young, Mexican, interpreter
  9. Nov. 22nd Awe and Wonder Podcast: Hear From AAC Users, Teenage girls, Karanveer, What’s something you wish people knew about you?


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC
Brenda Del Monte has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master’s Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

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.


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

Please log in or create an account to register for this event.

New clock hours link for Winter-Spring webinar series. ESD105 clock hours 139296.