Ten Tips To Help Grow Language

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.

Tue, May 08, 2018
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Eastern Standard Time


10 Tips To Help Grow Language

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This class is taught in Eastern Standard Time

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  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 minutes - Introduction
5 minutes - Tip 1: Knowing the AAC System
5 minutes - Tip 2: Modeling
10 minutes - Tip 3: Which Words?
10 minutes - Tip 4: Accept ALL Communication
5 minutes - Tip 5: Happy Accidents
10 minutes - Tip 6: Slow Down and Wait
10 minutes - Tip 7: Prompting
10 minutes - Tip 8: The Right Questions
10 minutes - Tip 9: SLP Tricks
5 minutes - Tip 10: Person-centered Approach
5 minutes - Summary and Questions

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Kara Bidstrup, M.S., CCC-SLP

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).



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Submission Deadlines

Live online classes:  Participants wanting ASHA CEUs must be registered, "join" the class through his/her unique confirmation email letter, participate for the entire duration of the class, and pass a post-test with 80% accuracy or higher. No partial credits will be submitted. Participants have 15 days to submit all ASHA paperwork to PRC. ASHA paperwork received after 15 days will not be accepted.

In-person classes:  All ASHA paperwork must be submitted to the presenter by the end of the training day.

ASHA Information

Participants wanting ASHA CEUs for a multiple day training must attend all days. In addition, if there is a registration fee associated with the class and payment is not received, PRC will not submit your request for ASHA CEUs.

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™, PRiO™, NuEye™, and NuPoint™, as well as software Unity®, Essence™, CoreScanner™, UNIDAD™, LAMP Words for Life™, and our Language Acquisition through Motor Planning™ (LAMP) approach. PRC also has registered two websites, Realize Language™ and AAC Language Lab™. 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, PRiO, NuEye, NuPoint, Unity, CoreScanner, Essence, UNIDAD, LAMP Words for Life, Realize Language, or AAC Language Lab and will not include information regarding other similar or related augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices or software.

Most of our presenters are salaried, employee-owners of the Prentke Romich Company. A few of our presenters are contracted presenters.


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.

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