HELIX Conference

AAC Assessment: Mapping a Route to Communicative Competence

  • September 15th, 2017
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Presented by: Vicki Clarke, CCC/SLP

Jackson is an engaging 9-year-old who is not yet speaking. He points and vocalizes but has no true words. We know he needs some form of augmentative communication. His classmate Damian is also nonverbal, uses a wheelchair for mobility, struggles to use his hands to point, and seems to not pay attention to the symbols we show him. We know he needs some form of augmentative communication too. Sari jumps and twirls into the classroom and repeats lines from Good Morning America but can’t tell us her favorite snack. She also needs AAC. How do we decide who gets what? This session digs into how to assess individual AAC needs by what tools we use, the features we assess, the people we invite to help us, and, most importantly, the questions we ask. We will use videos, case studies, specially designed protocols, and guided Vendor Hall missions to learn the features and considerations of a comprehensive AAC assessment. Come join us to learn how to systematically assess your potential AAC users and start them on their journey to communicative competence.

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Speech Therapists, and Assistive Technology Specialists

Credits Offered: Act 48, ASHA, Psych

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