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CR-AAC-09: AAC for the Non-SLP


Many times rehab professionals, parents, and teachers have expressed to us that they are "afraid to touch a device, afraid of breaking a device, don't know how to find things on a device, don't know what to do with a device"...and more. We have developed this training as a way to introduce interacting with a communication device user whether it be through planning, modeling, or communicating in a new way. Come for a highlight heavy/crash course in how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) works and how you can become a better AAC communication partner in 'AAC for the Non-SLP' (though SLPs are welcome as well). Join Sayard and Beth, two fun-loving SLPs who want more people to understand the how's and why's of AAC. There will be evidence based practice, hands on activities, and some corny jokes along the way.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe three types of images that can be used for communication and one reason why for each.
Second Learning Objective: Identify one coding system used by the Fitzgerald Key.
Third Learning Objective: Identify one key element of four mainstreamed communication programs.


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

Accessibility Professional; ADA Coordinator; Administrators; AT Specialists; Alternative Media Specialist; Caregivers; Communication Specialist; Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities; Consultants/Trainers; Curriculum and Instruction; Disability Services; Educators; Family Members; Government/Non-Profit Agencies; Instructional Technologist; Media Specialist; Occupational Therapists; Paraprofessionals; Physical Therapists; Rehab Therapists; Speech-Language Pathologists; Special Education Educators; Transition Coordinator; Vocational Rehabilitation

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Professional Area

ATIA 2020 Conference Recording

This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on January 30, 2020: 9:20 AM-10:50 AM Eastern Time Zone

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: 4/1/2020
Type: ASHA
Number of hours: 1.5 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.15

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

This course is offered for the following CEUs:
0.15 ACVREP CEUs; 0.15 AOTA CEUs; 0.15 IACET CEUs.


Sayard Bass
AAC Helper, LLC
Sayard is an SLP by background who works in the field of assistive technology with high school and transition aged students. She has worked with clients from early intervention to elderly patients. She is an adjunct faculty member in the assistive technology program at the University of Illinois - Chicago. Sayard's areas of interest include the QIAT indicators, process, and implementation especially those involving self-determination and transition, and her favorite acronym - AAC. Currently, she is taking time as a consultant and a new mom.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I am an employee of Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education (Southwest Co-op) and act as the Assistive Technology Specialist
Adjunct Faculty with University of Illinois Assistive Technology Certificate Program and as Consultant for AAC Helper
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I am a member of ASHA, ASHA SIG 12, and RESNA.

Beth Speaker-Christensen
AAC Helper, LLC
Beth Speaker, SLP/ATP is a member of ASHA SIG 12 (AAC), RESNA, and on the membership and advocacy committees for USSAAC. She is in private practice (AAC Helper) providing assessment and treatment for individuals in need of AAC services in Northern Illinois.
Relevant Financial Relationship: No
Beth Christensen currently works in private practice; she receives no compensation for any content included in this presentation.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship
: No
Beth Christensen holds membership with ASHA, USSAAC/ISAAC, and RESNA.