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Creating goals and measuring progress for individuals who use AAC can be a challenging process. In theory, this shouldn’t be that much harder than writing any other language or academic goals, right? One thing that is often different about the AAC goal-writing process is that teachers and therapists simply don’t know enough about AAC and what skills contribute to helping someone become a competent and successful communicator. While there are available goal banks to use, these still require tweaking and may not always be appropriate.

This course will provide the participants with resources, tools, and a framework so they have the skills to write goals and objectives on their own. Participants will engage in goal writing in order to learn about the four areas of communicative competence, the goal attainment scale, and SMART terminology. This course will help participants reflect on where their client is (baseline), where they want to go (goals), and how to get there (a plan).

Learner Outcomes

  1. identify the three important components used in the provided AAC Goal Framework.
  2. list the four areas of communicative competence for AAC use.
  3. identify resources to support writing goals.
  4. write one goal, with at least 2 objectives, using the framework provided.
  5. describe elements that make a “SMART” goal.


5 minutes - Introduction; Setting the stage

15 minutes - Explaining the AAC Goal Framework

5 minutes - Introduce Case Study

50 minutes - Review of four of the communicative competencies, with discussion of available resources and practice writing  objectives for each area

10 minutes - Fine tuning with SMART

5 minutes - Wrap up

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Please note the following details regarding this course:

  • You must register for this course using your own AACLJ account.
  • All attendees will have the opportunity to download a Certificate of Attendance/Completion, depending on the class.
  • ASHA CEU and certificate eligibility require complete live attendance.
  • Certificates will be available to participants with verified attendance within a 2-week processing period.

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