Supported Typing Communication Workshop, August 11 & 12, 2018

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Empowerment Through Self-Expression

We are pleased to announce that Saved By Typing will be hosting another in our ongoing series of Facilitated Communication training programs in Central Indiana, a Supported Typing Communication Workshop featuring Typing-to-Communicate Expert Speech Pathologist Darlene Hanson, and expert Facilitated Communication trainers Laura Poorman Richmond and Casey DePriest. The workshop takes place on August 11 and 12, 2018, in the unique and beautiful setting of the Marian University campus in Indianapolis, IN.

In addition to presentations from our speakers, we will also hold breakout sessions on a number of subjects of interest typers and their families. See below for a brief description of the scheduled breakout sessions, below. (subject to change)


Update: The Agenda Is Here!


Saturday, August 11

  • 8:30-9:00  Registration
  • 9:00-10:00 Keynote Presentation with Darlene Hanson
  • 10:00-10:10  Break
  • 10:10-11:15  Darlene Hanson Presentation on Development of Verbal Communication
  • 11:15-11:45 Jake Willman Power Award Presentation
  • 11:45--1:00 Lunch Break
  • 1:00-3:00  Typing Toward Independence Skill Building Session with Darlene Hanson
  • 3:00-3:10 Break
  • 3:10-4:10  Casey DePriest Presentation on Music Therapy Strategies to address Apraxia and Sensory-motor challenges


Sunday August 12

  • 9:30-10:00 Registration (Note:  there are two presentations scheduled from 10:00 to 11:00 and 11:10 to 12:10.  You may choose one or the other or possibly couples can split up and each attend a different one. Room numbers will be available the day of the conference at registration.)
  • 10:00-11:00 Navigating the IEP presented by Laura Poorman Richmond
  • 10:00-11:00 Making Career and Vocation Choices presented by Jacquelyn Marquette
  • 11:00-11:10 Break
  • 11:10-12:10 What is Reflex Integration using Cold Laser Technology? How can it help my son/daughter?
  •  presented by Jennifer Souiedan
  • 11:10-12:10 Force Barbell presented by staff members from Force Barbell
  • 12:10-1:10  Lunch Break
  • 1:10-2:10 Panel of experienced typers and parents to answer your questions.
  • 2:10-2:20 Break
  • 2:20-3:20 Movement Therapy, art and music through Recreation Therapy presented by Jaye Hajduk and Barbara Yoss
  • 3:20-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-5:00 What is Craniosacral Therapy?  How can it help my son/daughter? Presented by Teresa Morrison


Learning Events for Everyone: Program Details

Program / Presenters

  • Saturday, August 11
    Keynote Speaker Darlene Hanson will be sharing advice on verbal speech as we focus on achieving independence through supported typing. Assistance will also be available to those brand new learners just beginning their journey with supported typing.
    Read more: Darlene Hanson Bio
  • Sunday, August 12
    Local-area trainers Laura Poorman Richmond and Casey De Priest, and other presenters will discuss other private therapy and education opportunities in working with your school district. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of our local typers and parents who will share their experiences.
    Read more: Laura Poorman Richmond Bio
    Read more: Casey DePriest Bio

Individualized small group settings will be utilized for the breakout sessions, which will include:

  • Navigating the IEP:
    Presenter Laura Poorman Richmond, Special Education teacher of 36 years, Special Education Coordinator, and Supported Typing Trainer, will walk you through the school system's IEP, give suggestions on how to include supported typing in this document. Please bring your son/daughter's current IEP.
  • What is Reflex Integration using Cold Laser technology? How can it help my son or daughter?:
    Presenter Jennifer Souiedan, Mom to a supported typing communicator and Certified in Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI), will demonstrate QRI, answer your questions and give a Mom's perspective on the use of this modality.
  • Music Therapy Strategies to address Apraxia and the Sensory-motor Challenges Faced by Nonspeaking Individuals
    Presenter Casey DePriest, a certified Neurologic Music Therapist, Supported Typing Trainer, and Founder of Optimal Rhythms/ACCESS Academy in Evansville, will discuss the use of rhythm-based strategies to enhance your son/daughter's support plan. Topics covered will include: sensory-motor differences in autism; the role of rhythm in movement; and supports for under recognized movement challenges that impact socialization, communication, and daily living.
  • What is Craniosacral Therapy? How can it help my son/daughter?:
    Presenter Teresa Morrison, a Certified Craniosacral Therapist with 21 years experience, has specialized in working with individuals on the autism spectrum. She will explain the benefits of this therapy modality and demonstrate with some of our communicators.
  • Movement therapy, art and music through Recreation Therapy:
    Jaye Hajduk, CTRS and Barbara Yoss, CTRS, Certified Therapeutic Therapists from All About You Therapy and IU Health will present an interactive session on the Benefits of Recreation Therapy. They will discuss how Art, Music, and Movement Activities are covered under the Domain of Recreation Therapy. An interactive art session will conclude the presentation.
  • Force Barbell:
    Staff and members of Force Barbell presenting. Topics covered will be Special Olympics power lifting, gluten-free and clean eating, newly added physical therapy at the gym.
  • Making Career and Vocation Choices:
    Presenter, Jacquelyn Marquette, PhD., autism advocate and researcher, will share tools and a blueprint to prepare and support teens and adults with ASD to get career and/or college ready. Often emotional and social challenges get in the way of adapting. These tools promote student self-direction, self-advocacy, and emotional adaptation toward goals. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.


Registration Information

The cost to attend the two-day Communication Workshop Training is:

  • Individual Rate - $175
  • Group Rate (Maximum 4 individuals, not including typer/communicator) - $400
  • Typer/Communicator Rate - No charge to attend. Contact Event Coordinator Denise Smyth by phone: (317) 714-4836, or by email: to be put on a special list!

Agendas will be provided ahead of time.

Lunch will be included each day. The lunches are donated by Sharonsweb Autism Foundation and Legendary Partners, LLC.

For more information regarding the workshop, contact Event Coordinator Denise Smyth by phone: (317) 714-4836, or by email:


Event Location

All sessions will be held at:
Marian University
Clark H. Byrum School of Business, Norman Center
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222