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AAC080104: Communication, Access, Parent Coaching, and...COVID? How We Did It

Overview

In the trenches of a global pandemic, many of us were required to step into the challenge of providing teletherapy for the first time. A holistic approach to AAC assessment is crucial (Kay 2014) regardless of how the assessment is conducted. In this session, we will discuss how we incorporated parent coaching techniques using an interdisciplinary model via teletherapy. We will share 2 case studies in which we adapted AAC evaluation and therapy, implemented parent coaching, sought parent and caregiver feedback, and implemented changes based on feedback. We will share how to apply lessons learned via teletherapy or in-person practice.

Session Content Disclosure: This session focuses on two case studies based at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe 2 benefits of interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment when selecting an AAC system for children with complex communication needs via telehealth.
Second Learning Objective: Identify 3 strategies to facilitate access to AAC for children with complex communication needs via telehealth.
Third Learning Objective: Describe methods of trialing 3 low-tech and/or high-tech AAC systems via teletherapy while incorporating caregiver coaching techniques, participation and feedback in order to select an appropriate AAC system.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Secondary Strand

Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Experience Level

Intermediate

Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12)

Content Area

Professional Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

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

ASHA CE Information: 
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: March 12, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Intermediate level, Professional area.)

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
AOTA; CRC; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC Augmentative and Alternative Communication Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.

Speaker/s:

Kristen Monroe, MS, CCC-SLP

Children’s Hospital of Richmond @ VCU, Speech Language Pathologist

Biography

Kristen Monroe is a speech-language pathologist and has been employed by the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHOR) in Richmond, VA since 2014. She has been a member of the Assistive Technology team at CHOR since 2017. As a part of the team, she conducts evaluations, treatments, and recommendations regarding use of Assistive Technology for individuals across the lifespan and provides caregiver training for carryover of recommendations. She also provides consultation and support to other therapists throughout the organization regarding implementation of AAC. Kristen has presented at regional and state conferences on the topic of AAC and caregiver training. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Kristen Monroe has a financial relationship relevant to the content of the session as a salaried and full time employee of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Kristen Monroe has a financial relationship relevant to the content of the session as a salaried and full time employee of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No

Lauren Andelin, OTD, OTR/L

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Occupational Therapist

Biography

Lauren is an occupational therapist that has been a member of the Assistive Technology team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU since 2011 and conducts evaluations and treatments regarding the use of assistive technology for individuals across the lifespan. Lauren has presented in conferences at the local, state, and national levels. Through her transdisciplinary practice on the AT team Lauren has developed a passion for collaboration with other disciplines to help children access communication and their environments. Lauren received her M.S. in OT from VCU in 2009 and her OTD from VCU in 2018. Lauren has a financial relationship relevant to the content of the session as an employee of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I am an employee of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU for which I receive compensation.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No