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Building Early Communication Skills: Matching AAC Strategies to Developmental Needs (PD102226)

Presenter(s): Cynthia J. Cress, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

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.”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • adapt evaluations for young children by comparing key AAC strategies needed for different types of early communication skills
  • develop intervention plans using AAC strategies that address both pre-intentional and intentional communication goals based on a young child’s specific communication challenges
  • identify alternative AAC interventions that enhance a young child’s progress or overcome barriers in implementing existing interventions

What is Included?

You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, handouts, and references so you can access it from anywhere!

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.15
Item #(s): PD102226
Available Through: June 01, 2026