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General Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention

presented by Sarah E. Wallace and Kristy Weissling

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Financial: Kristy Weissling and Sarah Wallace receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kristy Weissling and Sarah Wallace have no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Although AAC interventions have been implemented by speech-language pathologists for multiple decades, some limitations exist in related to how best to provide AAC intervention services to adults with acquired communication impairments. This course will offer an overview of AAC intervention within a framework provided by the Beukleman and Miranda’s Participation Model (2013). Evidence-based strategies and tools will be discussed throughout.

Meet Your Instructors

Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sarah E. Wallace PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition clinic in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wallace also directs the Communication and Cognition Lab (https://www.facebook.com/CommunicationAndCognitionLab/). Dr. Wallace is a certified speech-language pathologist with clinical experience providing services to individuals with…

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Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her professional doctorate in speech language pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She is the on-campus clinic coordinator and is one of four investigators on the…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Importance of Intervention

This chapter will cover the definition of AAC including a broad conceptualization of strategies and devices that support expressive and receptive communication abilities in individuals with complex communication needs. Additionally, this chapter will highlight that AAC and natural ability interventions do not need to be mutually exclusive. Finally, the chapter will provide descriptions of the linguistic, social, strategic, and operational competencies that should be addressed within interventions.

2. Opportunity Barrier Interventions

This chapter will cover information related to opportunity barriers. Opportunity barriers include facilitator knowledge and skill, practices, policies, as well as attitudes external to the person with complex communication needs that effect his or her successful use of AAC. Interventions relate to these barriers often include education and advocacy.

3. Direct Interventions

This chapter will include information about direct interventions that can increase the communication effectiveness of the person with complex communication needs. These are a sample of interventions that might be use with people with multiple diagnoses leading to complex communication needs.

4. Environmental Adaptations and Accommodations

Environmental adaptations can include communication partner instruction and modifications to the person’s environment that support successful communication. For example, the communication partner may learn to respond to all communication attempts. Accommodations involve modifying the expectations for a role or task to increase the person’s success

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