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.
Kara is manager of training services for the Prentke Romich Company. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Speech Pathology at Northern Arizona University. In addition, she completed an AAC endorsement from San Francisco State 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. At this time, Kara is responsible for creating and presenting AAC product training and implementation classes for both use online and in person.
Kara holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Kara is also a member of the ASHA SIG 12 (AAC division) and a member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
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) and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
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.