This presentation provides an overview of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies for individuals of any age who are at the early stages of communication learning. A review of issues and procedures for evaluating individuals who communicate at pre-intentional, pre-symbolic, and emerging symbolic levels will be presented. Participants will become familiar with a rationale for using AAC strategies to supplement their spoken communication abilities. Intervention principles and practices for teaching an initial repertoire of meaningful communication skills will be shared.
- Participants will be able to describe characteristics of beginning communicators.
- Participants will be able to discuss rationales for using AAC strategies with beginning communicators.
- Participants will be able to explain strategies for assessing the communication abilities of beginning communicators.
- Participants will be able to describe the use of aided AAC strategies to enhance expressive and receptive communication.
- Participants will be able to discuss procedures for the initial teaching of picture-based communication aids.
|0-5 Minutes||Welcome & Introductions|
|5-20 Minutes||Nature and characteristics of beginning communicators; What advantages do AAC approaches have over a speech-only approach?|
|20-50 Minutes||Developing a communication profile: Assessment strategies and tools|
|50-70 Minutes||Setting appropriate goals for intervention|
|70-90 Minutes||Guidelines for developing initial AAC materials|
|90-110 Minutes||But how do I get them to use it? Intervention strategies for teaching early communication skills through AAC|
|110-120 Minutes||Questions & Answers|
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