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Presenter(s): Rhea Paul, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.15
Summary: Toddlers with a range of communication disorders can be minimally verbal past the age at which children typically begin speaking. This session describes an integrated approach using AAC and interventions that target vocalizations to increase expressive language and speech production in young children who are minimally verbal or nonverbal. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.” It appeared in the conference with the title Working With Preverbal Infants and Toddlers Toward Early Speech.
Presenter(s): MaryAnn Romski, PhD, CCC-SLP; Rose A. Sevcik, PhD
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: This session provides an overview of myths – widely held but false beliefs – that have hampered the use of AAC in early intervention services (e.g., that a child must be a certain age to benefit from AAC, or that AAC hinders or stops speech development). The presenters provide evidence to refute these common myths and discuss strategies for how to debunk them. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Birth to Three: Working Together to Serve Children and Their Families.”
Presenter(s): Kathryn Clapsaddle, MS, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be life-changing for many individuals, but due to its complex and commercial nature, it also comes with a myriad of potential ethical concerns. Clinicians can improve AAC assessment and intervention outcomes for those they serve by being confident they are making ethically informed decisions about AAC use. This webinar uses case studies to discuss common ethical dilemmas encountered in the use of AAC, leaning on the ASHA Code of Ethics for support. The presenter outlines a process for ethical decision-making and shares trends in school and health care settings that affect ethical decision-making as it relates to AAC use.
Presenter(s): Sandra M. Grether, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) need to become effective communicators with multiple communication partners and across multiple settings. This session addresses how to use evidence-based core word augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and strategies to facilitate functional and social communication skills with preschool-age children with ASD who are either verbal or nonverbal. This course is a recorded session from the 2019/2020 online conference “Innovative Methods for Preschool Assessment, Collaboration, and Treatment.”
Presenter(s): Maureen Staskowski, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: This session—a recorded session from ASHA’s 2020 Schools Connect conference—reviews five key secrets to success for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and core vocabulary initiatives in schools. The speaker discusses specific strategies and tools based on a successful, large-scale AAC implementation. She also shares student examples with language targets and staff examples with fidelity tools.
Presenter(s): Nancy C. Brady, PhD, CCC-SLP; Tom Buggey, PhD; Jane Keegan Quarles, MS, CCC-SLP; Betty Yu, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 4.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.45
Summary: This course includes four recorded sessions from the 2017 online conference “Communication Interventions for Adolescents and Adults With Autism.” Taken together, these sessions give a sense of the breadth of communication challenges that adults and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder face. These sessions also explore some distinctive strategies, specifically self-modeling and AAC interventions. The conference included a total of 16 sessions, with the broad goal of giving SLPs tools to help students and clients develop or enhance friendships and strengthen work-life relationships to support their academic and workplace success.
Presenter(s): Karen Natoci, MS, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 2.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.2
Summary: Emergent learners who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) – no matter their age – can benefit from literacy instruction. This webinar reviews important elements of literacy and language instruction, especially for those who are early in their AAC use and language development. The presenter discusses the elements of a strong literacy curriculum – including a voice for all, learner engagement, an enthused knowledgeable reader, the alphabet, actual text, and shared environments and experiences – and how SLPs can incorporate them when working with AAC users on language and literacy goals.
Presenter(s): Cynthia J. Cress, PhD, CCC-SLP
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.5, ASHA CEUs*: 0.15
Summary: Learning to gesture or use aided AAC for intentional communication with a partner is challenging for some infants and toddlers with complex communication needs. This session explores a variety of intervention strategies that improve pre-intentional and intentional communication skills using various AAC modalities and some of which incorporate families and caregivers. The speaker shares live illustrations and video examples of young children who have various difficulties with pre-intentional communication and problem solves about how intervention can structure the learner’s experiences to fill in gaps. This course is a recorded session from the 2021 online conference “Expanding AAC: Accessible Strategies for Functional Communication.”
Credit(s): PDHs: 4.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.4
Summary: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) often benefits children with severe disabilities. The most effective AAC systems consider the child’s individual needs and support learning and social interactions. This journal self-study explores ways to improve AAC systems to increase language skills, allow for more active participation in communication, and encourage emotional competence. Incorporating parent perceptions about AAC use into decision-making is also discussed, as are the benefits of peer involvement in communication using AAC. Clinicians will be able to incorporate strategies discussed to enhance services for children using AAC.
Presenter(s): Barbara Weber,MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Credit(s): PDHs: 1.0, ASHA CEUs*: 0.1
Summary: This on demand webinar (available beginning November 20, 2020) will address interprofessional collaboration between SLPs and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) when assessing and implementing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Focusing on a case study where collaboration improved outcomes for a young child who uses AAC, the speaker will address terminology and language frameworks used by each field, highlight the perspective of each discipline, and share practical strategies for facilitating collaboration. Participants will walk away with a handout with conversation starters and question prompts SLPs can use to facilitate discussions about AAC with BCBAs. This webinar – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 12: Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
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