This course provides an overview of contemporary considerations in pediatric augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) service delivery for speech-language pathologists and related professionals. Scope of practice and client profile information are covered, along with key topics in AAC assessment and intervention.
Course created on November 12, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to define augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
- After this course, participants will be able to identify pediatric populations who can benefit from the use of AAC.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the scope and purpose of AAC service delivery.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe evidence-based AAC assessment and intervention options.
PhD CCC-SLP, F-ASHA
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD., CCC-SLP, FLASHA Honoree, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Director of the Assistive Technology Demonstration Center / AAC Lab, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Dr. Kent-Walsh and her research collaborators, including primary research collaborator Dr. Cathy Binger, develop and evaluate interventions designed to improve language and communication outcomes for children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Dr. Kent-Walsh teaches in the areas of AAC and assistive technology at UCF and has published research findings widely in the speech-language pathology literature. She is currently a Principal Investigator for research projects and programs funded by the Chesley G. Magruder Foundation, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Technology and Services, the WITH Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD).
Cathy Binger, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of New Mexico. She has published multiple research articles, book chapters, and books pertaining to supporting early language development for young children who require AAC. Dr. Binger teaches in the areas of language development, language disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) at the University of New Mexico and is currently a Principal Investigator for a multi-site clinical trial investigation funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD).
Cathy Binger - Financial: Cathy Binger has received grant funding for research related to this topic, and receives royalties for a book she co-authored on this topic. Nonfinancial: No relevant relationships to disclose.
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0.1 ASHA CEUs
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