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Practically Speaking: AAC Strategies for Beginning Communicators

Course: #85 Level: Intermediate 2 Hours

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.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to describe characteristics of beginning communicators.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to discuss rationales for using AAC strategies with beginning communicators.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to explain strategies for assessing the communication abilities of beginning communicators.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to describe the use of aided AAC strategies to enhance expressive and receptive communication.
  • checkmarkParticipants 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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