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This 90-minute implementation class focuses on what a family member, teacher, or therapist can do to help an individual learn words; learn how to put words together; and increase sentence length using an augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) device. The following ten tips are reviewed: learning the AAC system, modeling, which words to use, accepting all communication, happy accidents, slowing down and waiting, prompting, the right questions, SLP tricks and taking a person-centered approach. Direct instruction, practical exercises, and video examples will be used to demonstrate these principles.

This is a beginner class for those who are new to implementing AAC systems and is intended for those who work with emerging and intermediate communicators who use AAC devices.

Learner Outcomes

  1. explain the difference between modeling and prompting
  2. choose target words wisely
  3. recast and expand on what someone says
  4. identify person-centered practices
  5. comment and ask questions to promote communication


5 min - Introduction

5 min - Tip 1: Know the AAC System

5 min - Tip 2: Modeling

10 min - Tip 3: Which Words?

10 min - Tip 4: Accept ALL Communication

5 min - Tip 5: Happy Accidents

10 min - Tip 6: Slow Down and Wait

10 min - Tip 7: Prompting

10 min - Tip 8: The Right Questions

10 min - Tip 9: SLP Tricks

5 min - Tip 10: Person Centered Approach

5 min - Summary and Questions

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