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AAC in the General Education Classroom: Using Descriptive Talking to Teach Students Using Robust AAC Systems

Course: #7741 Level: Intermediate1 Hour 1415 Reviews

This course is part of the 2016 Nancy McKinley Lecture Series, Topics in AAC. Descriptive talking is a strategy that focuses on using core vocabulary words for lesson-specific words. This course will focus on applying Descriptive Talking with students who have the potential to produce generative language with their AAC systems when participating in academic lessons in a general education classroom.

Course created on October 6, 2016

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Course Type: Video

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; IACET/0.1; Kansas LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the vocabulary needed in an AAC system to support descriptive talking.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the benefits of descriptive talking.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to explain how to plan a lesson using the principles of descriptive talking.


0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-10 Minutes Core and Extended Vocabulary
10-20 Minutes Rationale for Using Descriptive Talking
20-30 Minutes Learning the Words in the AAC Device
30-55 Minutes Organizing and Conducting a Lesson Using Descriptive Talking
55-60 Minutes Summary, Q&A


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Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Gail Van Tatenhove was paid an honorarium for this presentation by SpeechPathology.com. Gail developed and sells two of the many products shown as examples within this presentation. Nonfinancial: No relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure: This course was presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which provided in kind support.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

International Association for Continuing Education and Training

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Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services

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Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

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