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Inclusion, Accessibility, and Alternative Access in Early Childhood (On Demand Webinar) (PD102865)

Presenter(s): Mary Katherine Dally, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
Course Description

This webinar will explore alternative access methods in early childhood along with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), with a focus on switch access. The speaker will discuss a total access approach assigning meaning to all communication attempts, increasing social interactions and acceptance, and presuming competence for the youngest learners. The webinar will share examples of play-based learning activities that SLPs can customize to meet a child’s unique interests and passions while focusing on alternative access methods.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe alternative access methods for young children who use AAC, as well as opportunities for implementation through play, social, literacy, curriculum, and motor tasks within the preschool classroom setting
  • Design at least three innovative, accessible play opportunities within the preschool classroom, using alternative access methods including switch access 
  • Identify three strategies to support inclusion within the preschool classroom, focusing on communication and play opportunities with peers


  • Intro to access methods 
  • Focus on switch access
  • Language vs. access 
  • Implementation and ideas 
  • Inclusion with peer models 
  • Q & A

Presenter Information

Mary Katherine Dally, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP, has served as the SLP on an ALS clinic focusing on AAC evaluations, voice banking, and no-tech/low-tech communication. She then worked as a solutions consultant for a communication device company, traveling the West side of Ohio. Currently, Katherine works as an assistive technology consultant through an educational service center and works in a preschool program as a speech-language pathologist. She presents at local and national conferences and has a passion for alternative access and accessible play.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member
  •  Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA

Assessment Type

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

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: May 23, 2024
End date: May 25, 2029

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102865
Available Through: May 25, 2029