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45 Immersive AAC Classroom’s Effect on Vocabulary and AAC Use


Research supports using AAC with nonverbal individuals with ASD but discrepancies persist between the language modality of AAC users and the primary language models of their language-learning environment. We investigated the impact of an immersive, speech-generating classroom on language acquisition rates of school-age children with ASD compared to traditional treatment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify three characteristics of an immersive AAC classroom
  2. Participants will be able to identify the immersive classroom's effect on four aspects of language development.
  3. Participants will be able to explain two differing outcomes between immersive AAC classroom participants and the control group.


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Lindsey Paden Cargill

Director of Therapy Services; Speech-Language Pathologist
Bridgeway Academy Lindsey is a speech-language pathologist and the Director of Therapy Services at Bridgeway Academy, an education and therapy center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsey received her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Florida, and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, TBI and global delays in out-patient clinics, school-based settings and in the home. She is enthusiastic about applying research and best practices to the facilitation of language development through Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Lindsey has extensive presenting experience at many national and international conferences in the United States and United Kingdom. She maintains membership in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and with the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Speaker Disclosures

Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No

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Samantha Lyle

Speech Department Supervisor
Bridgeway Academy Samantha is the speech department manager and has been a Speech-Language Pathologist at Bridgeway Academy since 2010. She has presented at several conferences including ASHA, ATiA, OCALI, Milestones and various music therapy conferences on the topics of collaboration, social skills and augmentative and alternative communication. Additionally, she presented at the Arts & Autism conference on the topic of food exposure. Sam graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, both from The Ohio State University.

Speaker Disclosures

Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

Educators, OTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Live Broadcast Date

Thursday, May 9, 2019 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs
Number of hours: 1.5
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.2