AAC Communication Circles Intro: Developing Student Peer Support Teams

AAC After Work , AAC/Modalities , Certificate Maintenance Hours (CMH) Eligible , Assistive Technology , Social Skills , Special Education , Speech Therapy , Introductory


1 Certificate Maintenance Hours (CMH) Eligible Introductory Level

For students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), learning the linguistic, operational, social, and strategic skills required to engage in successful interactive communication is challenging. One powerful strategy is developing ‘Communication Circles’ or circles of peers who support AAC users in learning and practicing skills, generalizing AAC-related skills learned in therapy, and integrating  AAC with curriculum objectives. Communication Circles support target students weekly, carrying out activities designed jointly by professionals and student team members.  This workshop will provide an introduction to selecting target students and peers, and initiating a Communication Circle.

* This course will not be automatically reported to the ASHA Registry.
* This course is an acceptable professional development activity for
   Certificate Maintenance Hours

ASHA Certificate Maintenance information:

After completing this webinar:
1. Return and take the Quiz attached to this course - 80% accuracy required.
2. Complete the Course Evaluation: https://goo.gl/forms/s5u31nD2rnaLMpOm1



Financial Disclosure

Presenter will receive a monetary compensation from YGU for this course. Author of multiple books and software, including Communication Circles. Has received speaker fees from companies including: Tobii/ Dynavox; Prentke Romich Company, Ablenet Inc. Receives royalties for books and curriculum from Attainment Inc and Don Johnston Inc.

Founder, past board member, and past executive council member, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). Unpaid video presenter for Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

After completing this course, the student will be able to...

  1. Review three reasons for setting up a Communication Circle for a student who uses AAC
  2. Identify categories of students who are highly appropriate for Communication Circles
  3. Describe procedures for selecting target students and peers for communication circles
  4. Summarize one activity each to support linguistic, social, and operational skills

Course Agenda

4:00 Introduction, disclosures, etc.
4:05 Why are Communication Circles needed?
4:15 What students need Communication Circles?
4:25 How should peers be selected for Communication Circles?
4:35 What types of activities would be included in Communication Circles?
4:55 Summary and Questions

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