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Building Blocks to AAC Success - Block 3: Taking Stock, Writing Relevant Goals and Delivering Meaningful Activities

In this two hour block on augmentative alternative communication (AAC), participants will learn tools to help determine the language level of the person who uses AAC and how to write relevant goals and deliver meaningful activities. To help determine language level and AAC usage, participants will learn about a classroom screener, a communication forms/functions checklist and Realize Language™. Once current language level and AAC usage are defined, relevant goals can be written. This class will review goal writing for speaking, reading and writing. The class will conclude by reviewing how to deliver goal driven activities in a motivating and meaningful way. Through demonstration, video and practice exercises, participants will learn about the fundamentals of AAC intervention. 

This class is intended for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of AAC.

Thu, Jan 09, 2020
1:00pm - 3:15pm
Local Time

      Lebanon, Ohio / Warren County Educational Service Center


Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  1. Determine the language level of a learner
  2. Write three relevant communication/language goals for a learner
  3. Deliver three engaging activities for a learner


10 minutes - Introduction and Housekeeping
30 minutes - Taking Stock: Classroom Screeners and Realize Language™
30 minutes - Writing Relevant Goals: Speaking, Reading and Writing
40 minutes - Delivering Meaningful Activities: Communication vs. Compliance and The FUNnel
10 minutes - Summary and Questions

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Connie McCafferty, M.A., CCC-SLP

Connie earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Master of Education degree in Deaf Education and Elementary Education from The Ohio State University.  She completed her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Cincinnati in 2007. Prior to joining PRC in 2015, Connie was an itinerant teacher for the hearing impaired and low-incidence educator in Fairfield County, Ohio.  During this time she traveled among multiple school districts and worked with students and teachers providing training and educational programming for children with a wide variety of hearing impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities and autism.  Upon completing her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Connie was the K-12 Speech Language Pathologist for Forest Rose School in Lancaster, Ohio completing AAC evaluations and implementing a number of AAC and assistive technologies school-wide.  Then, Connie became a speech language pathologist for the Southwest Licking School District, Pataskala, Ohio, where she also helped supervise the low incidence units and coordinated the assistive technology team for the district.  Additionally, Connie has provided speech therapy through home health agencies to children and adults with complex communication needs.

Connie holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a state license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of Ohio.

Financial: Connie McCafferty is a salaried employee-owner of PRC-Saltillo.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.



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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:

PRC-Saltillo licenses a patented technology that is in PRC-Saltillo products trademarked as Accent®, ChatFusion™, NovaChat®, PRiO®, TouchChat®, TouchChat® Express, Look™, NuEye®, and NuPoint®, as well as software (CoreScanner™, Engage, Essence®,  VocabPC™, MultiChat15, UNIDAD®, Unity®, WordPower™, LAMP Words for Life®, LAMP Words for Life® - Spanish/English, LAMP Words for Life® - VI, TouchChat® app), and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC-Saltillo also has registered five websites,,,,, and 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/softwares/websites.

PRC presentations will focus exclusively on Accent, PRiO, NuEye, Look, NuPoint, Unity, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, LAMP Words for Life - Sp/En, LAMP Words for Life - VI,  CoreScanner, Essence, WordPower, Explore AAC, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Saltillo presentations will focus exclusively on ChatFusion, NovaChat, TouchChat, VocabPC, MultiChat15, WordPower, TouchChat app, Explore AAC, or TouchChat website.

WordPower is a trademark of Inman Innovations, Inc; © 2001-2019; All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of PRC-Saltillo. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.



This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

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