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Course # 4174
AAC in School Settings: What is the Role of the SLP?

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Course Abstract

The expanding roles of SLPs in schools include focus on children with complex communication needs who may use Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. This presentation and discussion will identify roles, knowledge and skills for SLPs to support students who use AAC to communicate and learn within the general curriculum, particularly with a focus on language development and literacy skills. It will also discuss the CLLASS project (Collaborating for Language Literacy and Augmentative Systems in Schools) which prepares SLP students to be AAC specialists when they enter the field.
This course was recorded on March 22, 2011


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify federal policies for SLPs in schools regarding access to the general curriculum.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify key ASHA policies and professional practices for SLPs in schools regarding literacy development.
  • After this course, participants will be able to summarize the research base for language intervention to support literacy skills for children who use AAC systems.
  • After this course, participants will be able to describe knowledge and skills for SLPs to include children with AAC needs to participate in general curriculum.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify 3 AAC strategies to implement curriculum-based language and literacy intervention.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-15 Minutes Introduction and Overview of federal policies, ASHA recommendations and contexts for general education with children who use AAC.
15-30 Minutes Discussion SLP roles and competencies to support children using AAC systems in schools
30-50 Minutes Research-based practices to implement AAC strategies to support language and literacy development
50-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q & A

Average Rating

(278 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 60 most recent comments out of 278 reviews

Review by: Ashli on October 14, 2014
Good information.
Review by: Grace on October 13, 2014
Explanations were clear, concise
Review by: Deborah on September 8, 2014
I was able to pick up a few practical ideas for using AAC in the schools
Review by: Karen on September 5, 2014
Clear communication/instruction. Powerpoint matched the workshop nicely.
Review by: Andrea on August 22, 2014
Handout to go back and reference when needed at work
Review by: Kathleen on August 13, 2014
The course gave me much needed information about what to target with AAC in classroom.
Review by: Lisa on July 16, 2014
Presenter was knowledegeable and easy to follow. I really like the AAC story tellers club!
Review by: LeDeithra on June 27, 2014
Nancy had great resources so that a clinician could investigate further. Her content was great and organized well and it makes me want to go through her program.
Review by: Denise on June 24, 2014
Good information, but needs more application ideas.
Review by: Kayla on May 27, 2014
Great examples and questions asked by listeners
Review by: Donna on April 26, 2014
Explained the role of the slp for AAC
Review by: Michelle on April 24, 2014
I really liked the practical ideas about targeting curriculum and making a "map"/plan.I felt like I had understood the info, yet, when I wrote the exam, it wasn't intuitive to me and I got confused.I like it when courses outline the highlights, which I felt the presented did a good job of. However, the assessment of my learning seemed to get confused with other definitions that really were not relevant to showing that I understood the info. Also, I am from Canada and am not as bound by state standards/legislation, therefore, perhaps I was only looking to get the 'gist' of the info.Thank you for the info.; however.
Review by: Barbara on April 16, 2014
I felt too much time was spent discussing preparation of current students using the CLLASS training model.
Review by: Sheryl on April 9, 2014
Good presentation, key points for course exam were some what vague, seemed to be somewhat of a discussion about CLLASS which seemed to take away time for more information regarding actual AAC techniques that can be utilized.
Review by: Jacelyn on March 18, 2014
The detail about how we can receive more training and where we can find resources to apply this training into the general curriculum.
Review by: Melissa on March 11, 2014
Good information tolerance about AAC and it's purpose
Review by: Kristen on February 5, 2014
Included a lot of information relevant to AAC users and other students with language disorders
Review by: Bernardette on January 30, 2014
I now understand that its important to determine curriculum related strategies, assess students communication demands of the class, then create ways for them to quickly and easily access the information.
Review by: Chris on December 31, 2013
Gave solid explanation of what we should be doing with AAC in the schools. Really liked how she said to stop making boards for every activity so the students can learn to generate novel messages!
Review by: Deborah on December 29, 2013
connecting curriculum to the needs for modification of language-literacy skills for AAC users.
Review by: Pam on November 23, 2013
The material covered............
Review by: Kristina on November 13, 2013
very informative
Review by: Dana on November 13, 2013
I liked hearing about the AAC Storyteller's Club, and think that is something I can copy in my own work.
Review by: Alexis on October 15, 2013
The course was informative. It was interesting to learn about the CLLASS program; however, more hands-on activities relevant to school based intervention would have been useful as well.
Review by: Ann on October 13, 2013
Well-organized, knowledgeable presenter
Review by: JOHN on September 29, 2013
Over all data was informative. Presenter skipped around more than I like.
Review by: Leah on September 27, 2013
Very informative and relevant to the school clinician.
Review by: Jo Ann on July 23, 2013
Presentation of the course and field work being done in the area of AAC
Review by: Kristen on July 15, 2013
Gave examples of ways to support AAC learners in the classroom.
Review by: Julie on July 11, 2013
good information
Review by: Denise on June 3, 2013
It's references to useful websites and other ways to improve services.
Review by: Angela on March 14, 2013
useful information
Review by: Charity on March 11, 2013
The presenter was detailed and seemed very knowledgeable about the topic. She also provided a plethora of resources
Review by: Christle on January 27, 2013
The description of the CLLASS project was interesting and relevant to the topic.
Review by: Valerie on September 17, 2012
Gave a nice overview of areas SLPs in school should focus on when planning AAC use with students.
Review by: Edith on September 2, 2012
It provided good explanations of processes and practices that can serve as effective models for other settings.
Review by: Wendy on July 17, 2012
practical information I can apply to therapy everyday.
Review by: Barbara on June 14, 2012
concise information
Review by: Linda on June 13, 2012
Provision of resources for further study.
Review by: Lisa on May 30, 2012
Loved the Storybook Club!
Review by: Erika on May 26, 2012
Very current research and specific examples from the program
Review by: Melanie on March 18, 2012
nicely presented. information was interesting but not a high level of material. i am hopeful that my graduate students, who have minimal practicum experiences at this point, are aware of all of these principles from our regular curriculum.
Review by: Pamela on February 22, 2012
The presenter was very knowledgeable and she had practical and research training.
Review by: Adina on January 26, 2012
I felt that it was difficult to follow at times and that they spent a good amount of time discussing the coursework for training SLPs. This was not mentioned in the course discription
Review by: Nicole on December 30, 2011
Provided ideas for adapting curriculum and assessments.
Review by: Morgan on December 27, 2011
It taught me a starting point for intervention within my self contained AAC user classrooms.....literacy/vocabulary development....
Review by: Carlie on December 27, 2011
Relevant information
Review by: Jennifer on December 27, 2011
Review by: Rhonda on December 10, 2011
Introduces updates regarding the role of SLPs and AAC
Review by: Karen on December 7, 2011
Presentation was organized and followed the stated objectives.
Review by: Chianti on December 6, 2011
This course is relevant to my current caseload.
Review by: Patricia on December 3, 2011
learned about new approach based on curriculum. New information for me.
Review by: mayra on November 23, 2011
The presenter
Review by: Elyse on November 9, 2011
Provided general guidelines to using AAC in school setting that went beyond typical schedule boards
Review by: Emma on October 30, 2011
I liked the emphasis that was placed on language and literacy interventions.
Review by: Becky on October 23, 2011
Content was good, but the presenter was difficult to follow.
Review by: Lori on October 23, 2011
Although I wish the course was longer, to get all and additional information, what we got in the hour was useful and clearly explained. I can use alot of what was presented to develop a better AAC program in my school starting tomorrow.
Review by: Janice on September 29, 2011
...explanations of the need to include literacy as well as using AAC as a basis for access to the curriculum and not a separate piece to learn.
Review by: Tana on September 29, 2011
Liked the information that came at the middle and ending. Too much time spent on introductions.
Review by: Lisa on September 29, 2011
It was a good presentation that went over general practices about AAC in the schools, but I was hoping for more applicable materials.

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Course Presenter

nancy b robinson

Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Nancy B. Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Program Director at San Francisco State University in the Communicative Disorders Program. She teaches in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1987 and master's degree at Portland State University in 1975. For many years, Dr. Robinson assisted in the development of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii and personnel development in American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. Her areas of research include family support in multicultural contexts, collaboration and interdisciplinary team development, early intervention, and AAC.

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