This one-hour implementation class reviews the definitions of speech, language and communication as well as typical language development from birth to five. In addition, it discusses how knowledge of typical development of vocabulary, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics can be applied to augmentative/alternative communication (AAC). Practical examples and materials will be used throughout the training.
This is a beginner class intended for those who are new to the field of AAC. This class focuses on using language development as a road map for AAC planning purposes, not on AAC implementation for beginning communicators.
Kara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech Pathology in August of 2003 at Northern Arizona University. Since receiving her Masters, Kara has specialized in the field of assistive technology and augmentative/alternative communication serving both children and adults who use speech generating devices and other assistive technology. In her most recent position, she was responsible for developing and teaching a middle school special education classroom for orthopedically impaired students using speech generating devices to communicate and access their educational curricula. Kara has experience providing training and technical support to clinicians, teachers, and families of device users.
Kara holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), has a California Speech Language Pathology License, and holds a California Professional Clear Clinical and Rehabilitative Services Credential. Kara is also a member of the ASHA Division 12 (AAC division) and a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Prior to joining PRC, Kara received the Clinician of the Year award from the Arizona Speech-Language and Hearing Association and, since working with PRC, has become a member of our marketing committee.
Financial: Kara Bidstrup is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.
Nonfinancial: Kara Bidstrup is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company, is a member of ASHA, ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (AAC SIG), International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), has a California Speech Language Pathology License and holds a California Professional Clear Clinical and Rehabilitative Services Credential.
I found this to be one of the most enjoyable trainings I have participated in. From the cost to the ease of interaction. Lots of valuable information in a short period of time. Thank you. Pier R.
Very useful in that it related typical language development towards AAC application. This is an applicable course for anyone who works, lives, and/or plays with an AAC user! Tessa H.