AAC Evaluating 101: From Evaluation to Submission - 3 hour

This three-hour class will cover the funding and evaluation process for a medically necessary speech generating device (SGD) that is being funded by Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare military insurance, and/or private insurance. The class will begin with a brief review of the role of the speech-language pathologist and outline necessary evaluation team members. It will then discuss, in depth, common funding sources, completing and writing a medically based SGD evaluation, and submitting the paperwork. The class will conclude with some tips on getting started once the speech generating device has been approved and shipped to the client.

You do not need to bring an AAC device to this training.
This class in intended for speech-language pathologists interested in learning about the funding and evaluation process for SGDs.

Mon, Jul 23, 2018
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Local Time

      Tarzana, California / McRory Pediatric Services Inc - Tarzana


Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the role of a speech-language pathologist who is evaluating for a speech generating device (SGD).
  2. Determine at least three different diagnoses which may indicate the need for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
  3. List at least three different funding sources for the purchase of an SGD.
  4. Name the main components of an SGD evaluation.


15 minutes - Introduction
5 minutes - Introduce the SLPs ROCK framework
  • Recognize a need
  • Organize a team
  • Complete the evaluation
  • Know the resources
10 minutes - Recognize a need
5 minutes - Organize a team
120 minutes - Completing an AAC evaluation
  • Check funding sources
  • Complete the evaluation
  • Submit the paperwork 
15 minutes - Know the resources
15 minutes - Summary and questions

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Christine Tran, M.S., CCC-SLP

Christine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Marquette University. Prior to joining PRC in June 2017, Christine has served pediatric and adult populations in a variety of settings, including school, clinic, early intervention, hospital, and home health. She began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist at a special education public charter school setting where she gained invaluable experience in AAC and working with low-incidence populations, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, CVI, and other neurogenetic disorders. Christine provided AAC intervention with students using low and high technology (manual boards, alternative access, and speech generating devices through direct selection and eye gaze), and she worked closely with the AT specialist in determining appropriate and efficient communication access for students. She also provided parent trainings and staff development trainings in AAC implementation as well as feeding/swallowing disorders, and supervised graduate students for their clinical practicum. In her most recent position, she served as a Speech Language Pathologist in a clinic setting, including an intensive early intervention program for children with global developmental delays. Christine developed a core vocabulary program for the classroom and delivered in-service trainings on AAC and core vocabulary language and implementation. She also completed AAC device trials, conducted AAC evaluations, and provided AAC training and support to families, and other therapists and team members.

Christine holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), a state license in Speech Language Pathology in the state of California, and is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Division 12 (AAC Division).

Financial: Christine Tran is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.
Nonfinancial: Christine Tran is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a member of ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (AAC SIG), and holds a state license in Speech Language Pathology in the state of California.



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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register ASHA CEUs. ASHA CE Registry fees are paid by the participant directly to the ASHA National Office. The annual ASHA CE Registry fee allows registration of an unlimited number of ASHA CEUs for the calendar year. Contact the ASHA CE staff at 800-498-2071 ext. 8591 for CE Registry fee subscription information:

The Prentke Romich Company (PRC) licenses a patented technology that is in PRC products trademarked as Accent™, PRiO™, NuEye™, and NuPoint™, as well as software Unity®, Essence™, CoreScanner™, UNIDAD™, LAMP Words for Life™, and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC also has registered two websites, Realize Language™ and AAC Language Lab™. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, NuPoint, Unity, CoreScanner, Essence, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


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  • Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 (Linux is not supported)
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  • Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®), OS X 10.5 (Leopard®), OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®)
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  • Required: PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM or better recommended

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