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VE-AAC-21: Reverse the Curse: Device Abandonment & Prompt-Dependency in AAC


The struggle is real! The individual with Complex Communication Needs isn't using their Speech-Generating Device to their fullest potential or worse, they are completely opposed to it. No matter what your role on the team, as long as you're having interactions with the individual, you can help. This presentation will explain exactly what prompt-dependency and device abandonment look like, so you can easily identify them. Videos will be used to illustrate both. Next, we'll discuss the difference between "modeling" (AKA Aided-Language Stimulation) and "prompting" (AKA placing demands). Video examples will again be shown. Can you spot the difference?

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Identify and describe prompt-dependency from at least 1 video.
Second Learning Objective: Identify and describe device abandonment in at least 1 video.
Third Learning Objective: Identify and describe modeling/ALS vs. prompting/placing demands in at least 1 video.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Secondary Strand

Secondary same as primary

Target Audience

  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Educators
  • Family Members
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with live-stream

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Friday, Jan 28: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

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

ASHA CE Information:
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: June 15, 2022
ASHA CE Approved Provider. ATIA. Intermediate Level. 0.10 ASHA CEUs

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

As this course was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series, please refer to the ATIA Learning Center CEUs page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Ann Bedard

EASTCONN, Assistive Technology Specialist / Speech-Language Pathologist


Ann Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and salaried employee at EASTCONN, a regional education service center located in Hampton, Connecticut. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and provides assessment, consultation, and professional development to serve individuals who have complex communication needs. For over a decade, Ann has worked as an AAC consultant across Eastern Connecticut schools, to collaborate with and train educational teams in regards to selection and implementation of AAC in the educational environment. Her work is partially funded by the CT Tech Act Grant. Prior to working with the AT Team, Ann worked in the EASTCONN Related Services Group as a full-time school-based SLP. Ann also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the university’s Center for Adaptive Technology. She is grateful for having gotten the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs from birth through post-secondary education. Ann is an ASHA member and helps lead a statewide AAC Community of Practice.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Ann Bedard is a salaried employee at EASTCONN, a regional education service center located in Hampton, Connecticut. Her work is partially funded by the CT Tech Act Grant.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Ann is a member of ASHA and participates in a statewide AT Community of Practice.