It’s bedtime on the East Coast and time for a story. This is the story of 3 students, all non- speaking and with a variety of sensory and physical challenges. We’re telling a tale of finding the “just right” augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) fit for students who are emergent communicators. Our children don’t have a means to express themselves symbolically. They don’t consistently respond to our attempts to interact with them. We aren’t sure what they see and how they can control their bodies. We don’t know what they understand. We aren’t even invited into their classroom at first because they are considered by some to be “too low functioning” for AAC.

This webinar examines a process for evaluating the communication skills and needs of emergent communicators. From interviews with parents and teachers to hands on evaluation techniques and equipment trials, we will explore communication needs, assessment of sensory responses and motivations, motor skills, communication skills and expressive language. We will discuss several assessment tools including the Home Talk Program, Every Move Counts-3, The Communication Matrix, Communication Sampling and Analysis, The Dynamic AAC Skills Assessment. The role of standardized testing will be considered as we define the skills of our early developing communicators.

* 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:
http://www.asha.org/Certification/maintain-ccc/
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/zYMWQXJhrqb9FZ2l2



Financial Disclosure

Vicki Clarke is the owner of Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc, a private speech therapy clinic providing in clinic speech therapy services and consulting in local Georgia school districts.

Jenna Coyer does not have any financial disclosures.

No relevant non-financial relationships exist for either presenter.

Content Disclosure

The use of trade or product names from several companies will be considered during this session.

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

  1. After completing this course, the student will be able to identify at least 3 tools/techniques for evaluating AAC needs with emergent communicators.
  2. After completing this course, the student will be able to state benefits of completing a comprehensive communication evaluation for emergent AAC users.

Course Agenda

5 mins Introduction of the Case Study Classroom 5 mins Defining the Emergent Communicator 5 mins Challenges in AAC Evaluation for the Emergent Communicator 45 mins Forms of AAC Asssessment for the Emergent Communicator including Partner Interview Techniques and Resources: Home Talk Program, Communication Matrix, Every Move Counts Communication Assessment; Communication Sampling: Communication Sampling and Analysis; Motivation Assessment: Every Move Counts-3 Sensory Assessment; and Hands On Techniques and Trials: Dynamic AAC Skills Assessment

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