Five Necessary Components of Effective AAC Implementation

AAC/Modalities , ASHA Continuing Education Approved , Assistive Technology , Speech Therapy , AAC After Work , Special Education , Intermediate

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

Learning language is less like one person opening a locked door and more like a team of construction workers building a house. Rarely is it the case that a dynamic augmentative communication device is put in place and then suddenly scores of language comes spilling out of a student. Instead, it takes a consistent, collaborative effort to implement a functional language system. Working to provide students with a way to communicate is often a difficult task wrought with barriers and challenges.

Together we’ll explore five or more essential components for teaching students how to become effective communicators using AAC.

Learn how to implement strategies that focus on key elements of augmentative and alternative communication.

Questions pertaining to the implementation of core vocabulary (the most frequently used words) will be answered.

Strategies for how to integrate aided language stimulation (modeling using a student’s communication system) will be discussed. Learn how motor planning/motor memory is a necessary component to building automaticity and expanding language.

Leave with practical (and fun) ideas for how to successfully implement an expressive language system based on core vocabulary.


Stop dooming your students to a life of goldfish crackers and start using a system that works to usher students into a world where they become functional communicators.


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After completing this live webinar:
1. Return and take the quiz attached to this course - 80% accuracy required.

2. Complete the Course Evaluation: https://goo.gl/forms/XT74nwPFI1IjCEKn2

3. In your YGU Profile: Check "YES!" and add your ASHA information

** MUST BE COMPLETED 8/31/18 by 9:00PM PT / Midnight ET


Financial Disclosure

Presenter will receive a monetary compensation from YGU for this course. Presenter has no other financial or non-financial disclosures related to the content of this course.

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

  1. explain the definition of core vocabulary and attempt to implement a language system based on using the most frequently used words.
  2. discuss the importance of motor planning in the teaching of functional communication systems.
  3. discuss the importance of aided language stimulation in the teaching of functional communication systems.
  4. discuss the importance of holding high expectations and presuming potential by maintaining least dangerous assumptions when teaching users of AAC.

Course Agenda

5min - Introduction 5min - Pretest - What do you think necessary components might be? 10min - Least Dangerous Assumption 5min - Spontaneous Novel Utterance Generation 15min - Core Vocabulary 5min - Motor Planning/Memory 10min - Aided Language Stimulation 5min - Conclusion and Wrap-Up

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