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Parent Instruction in Partner-Augmented Input


Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be invaluable in allowing children with severe communication impairments to express themselves at home. However, providing the appropriate piece of technology alone is often insufficient. Parent training in AAC has been linked to positive changes in children’s communication (Bruno & Dribbon, 1998; Romski, Sevcik, Adamson, Cheslock, Smith, Barker & Bakerman, 2010). Family satisfaction has been found to increase when clinicians recognize parent needs regarding AAC (Angelo et al., 1996; Starble et al., 2005). Parent and family support has been identified as a contributor to positive outcomes for individuals who use AAC (Lund & Light, 2007; Gona, Newton, Hartley & Bunning, 2014). This webinar will provide participants with an overview of a successful home training protocol. Results from a recent research study on parent instruction in partner-augmented input will be reported.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list three benefits of providing partner augmented input.
  2. Participants will identify strategies to support augmented communication during core family leisure activities.
  3. Participants will identify steps of a parent education module for partner augmented input.


Jill Senner
Technology & Language Center, Inc.

Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs. She is the owner/director of Technology and Language Center where she specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services including assessment, consultation and training, and workshops/lectures. Dr. Senner has presented at numerous national assistive technology conferences and has taught graduate courses in AAC and swallowing disorders. She has published research in the areas of AAC, siblings and disability, and swallowing disorders in cerebral palsy.

Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes; Speaking fee for teaching and speaking
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No

Kathleen Post
Associate Professor/Clinic Coordinator
Midwestern University

Kathleen Post, M.S., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Clinic
Coordinator at Midwestern University’s SpeechLanguage Institute, with duties that include clinic administration, supervision and teaching in AAC. Prior to joining MWU 5 years ago, Kathleen worked as the Director of AT, Speech/Language and Nutrition Departments at a large pediatric outpatient rehabilitation center in Illinois. Kathleen’s areas of interest and research include pediatric speech-language disorders, AAC and assistive technology for persons of all ages and disabilities.

Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes; Grants
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No

Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Niles Township District for Special Education

Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP, has been working with AAC for the over 15 years. He currently is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) performing evaluations, trainings and coaching communication partners. Matthew also has his own AAC private practice working with individuals with complex communication needs from birth through adulthood. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Xavier University where he teaches a graduate course in AAC and has presented at national and state conferences. Matthew has published research in the area of AAC.

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


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

AT Specialists, Educators, Speech Language Pathologists

Experience Level


Content Area


Live Broadcast Date

Thursday, Septmeber 10, 2020 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