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Goal Driven Planning: Setting and Meeting Long and Short-term AAC Goals

This one-hour AAC implementation class focuses on how to make language instruction explicit, systematic, and relevant for students who use AAC. The class begins by reviewing the relationship between academic standards, curriculum, and lesson plans. It then describes the four areas of communicative competence: linguistic, operational, social, and strategic. Through case studies, the remainder and bulk of the class describes and demonstrates a monthly instructional planning tool based on the four areas of communicative competence. This tool helps make teaching more intentional while supporting the generalization of skills across educational and communication contexts. Monthly planning tool and other instructional materials provided.

This class is intended for people who educate students who use AAC in a classroom setting.

Wed, Feb 12, 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Eastern Standard Time



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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between an academic standard, a curriculum, and a lesson plan
  2. Briefly describe each communication competency
  3. Complete a monthly planning guide based on the communication competencies


5 minutes - Introduction
10 minutes - Set the stage - Standards, curriculum and lesson planning
10 minutes - The Framework - Communicative competence and typical language development
5 minutes - Assessment
25 minutes - The Monthly Planning Guide - A format for long and short-term planning
5 minutes - Summary and Q and A

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Michele Boruta, AT Specialist, SLP

Michele Boruta is an AAC and education consultant in Boulder, Colorado. She taught special education and AAC in Oakland Public Schools for 10 years, and has consulted both privately and with the public schools for 5 years. Michele has a BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. Her Masters in Special Education and AAC endorsement are from San Francisco State University. Michele has a growing record of publications and presentations on language and literacy instruction for students with AAC needs. Her areas of interest include curriculum design, language and literacy intervention, and personal narrative for students with AAC needs.

Financial: Michele Boruta is contracted by PRC-Saltillo.

Nonfinancial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.



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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 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

This course was a great way to help me organize my own thoughts about AAC goal development and provided me with a better understanding of how to help my students progress through the various stages of communicative competency. Alex K.

Excellent class! Resources and application will benefit staff and students immediately. Jessica S.

Michelle explained the Communication Competencies well and provided a great lesson planning tool with examples. Paula H.

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