AAC 101: Using Early Language Development to Guide AAC Intervention

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.

Tue, Feb 14, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Eastern Standard Time


A A C 101

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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  1. Talk about the differences between speech, language and communication
  2. Describe vocabulary, syntax, morphology and pragmatics
  3. Apply knowledge of typical language development to AAC


5 minutes - Introduction
10 minutes - Speech, Language and Communication
5 minutes - Why language?
15 minutes - Language Development Birth to Five
20 minutes - Applying Language Development Principles to AAC
5 minutes - Summary and Questions

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Kara Bidstrup, M.S., CCC-SLP

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.



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ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days.

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:
The Prentke Romich Company (PRC) licenses a patented technology that is in PRC products trademarked as Accent, NuEye, ECO, ECOpoint, SpringBoard Lite, and Vantage Lite. 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.

This presentation will focus exclusively on Accent, NuEye, ECO, ECOpoint, SpringBoard Lite, or Vantage Lite and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication devices.
Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


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.

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