AAC Communication Circles Intro: Developing Student Peer Support Teams

AAC After Work , AAC/Modalities , ASHA Continuing Education Approved , Assistive Technology , Social Skills , Special Education , Speech Therapy , Introductory

This Course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

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.


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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
3. In your YGU profile: Check the box "Yes!", add ASHA Number, and required information to submit for ASHA CE credit.
** MUST BE COMPLETED by 8/31/18 9:00PM PT / Midnight ET


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. Identify categories of students who are highly appropriate for communication circles.
  2. Describe procedures for selecting target students and peers for communication circles.
  3. Summarize one activity each to support linguistic, social, and operational skills.

Course Agenda

5 min Introduction, disclosures, etc.
5 min Why are Communication Circles needed?
10 min What students need Communication Circles?
10 min How should peers be selected for Communication Circles?
20 min     What types of activities would be included in Communication Circles?
10 min Summary and Questions

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