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AAC080304: Put me in Coach! AAC Coaching Models Explained


When you hear the word coach, what do you think of? Someone giving directions in the moment, calling plays, instructing repeated practice, or providing resources? There are many different types of coaches and evidenced-based coaching strategies. In order to support our students/clients, professionals need to have a variety of coaching strategies in their toolboxes, especially given the need for remote/teletherapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this presentation, student-centered, teacher-centered, and relationship-driven coaching models and different coaching techniques within each model will be discussed to help guide participants to choose an appropriate coaching model for their students/clients.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe at least three differences between student-centered, teacher-centered, and relationship-driven coaching
Second Learning Objective: Identify at least 5 clients/students/teams that student-centered coaching would be an appropriate candidate for coaching
Third Learning Objective: Identify at least three new coaching techniques to support current caseloads

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Secondary Strand

Education & Learning: Early Intervention – 12

Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education; Adult/Senior

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 13, 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:
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.


Heidi Rabe, M.A., CCC-SLP/L

Authentic Expression, LLC, Speech-Language Pathologist


Heidi L. Rabe, M.A., CCC-SLP/L is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of experience working with children and adults with a variety of complex communication challenges and specializes in AAC. Heidi has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to AAC and has worked in a variety of private and educational settings. She started Authentic Expression, LLC in 2016 and currently provides individual therapy to clients, Assistive Technology Coaching to school districts, and AAC Coaching to other AAC Professionals. Heidi received discounted registration as a speaker and is a member of ASHA special interest group and online communities.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Yes
Salary from employment.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Yes
Member of ASHA special interest group and online communities