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 an 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.
Christine graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Special Education from Florida State University with a focus in visual impairment and blindness. She completed a Master of Arts in Special Education from Florida State University with a focus on deaf/blind education. Christine holds a teaching certificate in the State of Georgia with endorsements in visual impairment and deaf/blind education. She is highly qualified to teach all academic areas from grades K-8.
Christine has been employed in a variety of settings as a teacher of the visually impaired for the past 14 years. The first four years were in an itinerant setting where students had a variety of abilities including students who were deaf/blind, blind, visually impaired, at varying levels of intellectual ability and children with autism who ranged in age from 3 to 21. Following this, she worked in a classroom setting for blind and visually impaired children who ranged in age from 5-8 and were learning to read and write using a variety of assistive technology devices. Another itinerant job, similar to the first, was then enjoyed for 4 more years. She was selected as teacher of the year at the South Carolina School for Deaf-Blind during 2000. Finally, Christine taught in a classroom setting for blind and visually impaired children in middle school including a number of students with significant communication disorders. Throughout her teaching career, Christine has been dedicated to implementing assistive technology solutions, including augmentative/alternative communication, in educational programming for use throughout the school day. Additionally, she has personal experience with a family member who is a communication device user.
Financial: Christine Kramlich is a salaried employee of Prentke Romich Company.
Non-Financial: Christine Kramlich is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company.
This course provides great tips that are easy to implement for families and professionals. It removes the fear and the feelings of being overwhelmed often felt by those who have never used an AAC device. The tips are practical and extremely useful for the novice or seasoned professional. Polly C.
I am not an SLP. I am a grandmother/caretaker doing my best to be a good conversation partner for my grandson. Online courses like this help me accomplish my goals! Barabara K.
The course provided practical and easy to implement ideas to help with AAC implementation. It was a great resource for anyone working with someone with AAC, no matter what level. It is always important to be reminded of how we as communication partners impact the success of our clients. Amanda H.
This is a must do for any parent that has their autistic child using an ACC device. So very helpful. Cathleen M.