AAC ASSESSMENT COMPASS TRAINING SERIES (ON-DEMAND)

The AAC Assessment Compass series is a four part, ON-DEMAND WEBINAR SERIES to teach professionals how to conduct the core elements of a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment.   This course is designed for beginning to intermediate communication professionals, including speech-language pathologists, behavior professionals with communication expertise, and educators.  Participants can enroll for the entire series or on a class by class basis.  This on-demand series includes a total of 8 hours of asynchronous learning and bonus, extended learning opportunities for interested students to conduct independently.  

 

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Part 1: Functional Communication Assessment

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This class is Part 1 of a four part, introductory course on how to conduct the core elements of a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment.  Here you will learn how to modify your traditional communication assessment approach to obtain the information you need for successful treatment planning and the AAC feature matching process.  

 

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Utilize a communicative independence framework (The “AAC Journey Framework”) to guide your AAC assessments, from start to finish.

  • Identify at least three assessment strategies to assist in intervention planning and AAC feature matching for complex communicators in the earliest stages of communication development. 

  • Define and describe at least three core assessment areas essential to effective feature matching for complex communicators with varying abilities. 

  • Develop and execute an effective communication assessment plan to inform the next steps in the AAC assessment process (Feature Matching, System Design, and Trial). 

Part 2: AAC Feature Matching

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This class is Part 2 of a four part, introductory course on how to conduct the core elements of a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment.  Here you will learn about AAC features and the feature matching process used to determine the best technology fit for the unique needs of each AAC user.  

 

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Utilize an AAC assessment and intervention framework (The “AAC Compass Framework”) to guide your AAC assessment from functional communication to feature matching. 

  • Identify and describe core AAC features available in no tech, light tech, and high tech AAC tools on the market.

  • Make connections between communication skills and needs and AAC system features to select systems for trial (the AAC Featuring Matching process).

Part 3: AAC System Design

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This class is Part 3 of a four part, introductory course on how to conduct the core elements of a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment.  Here you will learn valuable strategies for selecting and customizing an AAC system, including strategies for vocabulary selection and customization and selection method (access) considerations. 

 

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Utilize an AAC assessment and intervention framework (The “AAC Compass Framework”) to guide your AAC assessment from feature matching to system selection. 

  • Identify at least three vocabulary selection strategies to support communicative growth for AAC users at the earliest stages of communication development. 

  • Identify and describe essential considerations for effective language arrangement to support the unique needs of AAC users at different stages of communication development.

Part 4: AAC System Trials

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This class is Part 4 of a four part, introductory course on how to conduct the core elements of a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment.  Here you will learn how to initiate trials with selected AAC systems and obtain resources to assist in decision-making and funding for technology. 

 

Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:

  • Utilize an AAC assessment and intervention framework (The “AAC Compass Framework”) to guide your AAC assessment from AAC System Design to AAC System Trial and beyond. 

  • Establish and execute an effective plan for system trial with core, evidence-based AAC practices at the center. 

  • Demonstrate understanding of family-centered strategies to support final system recommendations.

  • Identify resources to support report writing, data management, and system funding.

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