AAC 101: Using Early Language Development to Guide AAC Intervention

This one-hour class reviews the definitions of speech, language and communication as well as early 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 course.

This is a beginner course 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.

Wed, May 09, 2018
1:00pm - 2:00pm
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. Describe 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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Elyse Pycraft, M.S., CCC-SLP

Elyse earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Science at The Ohio State University and her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Bowling Green State University. She has previously worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in an education and therapy center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Columbus, OH. Elyse has experience with performing AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) evaluations, developing treatment plans, and implementing effective therapy to improve the communication abilities of infants, children, and young adults with a variety of diagnoses.

Elyse has presented on LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) at the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University, Northridge and at the Milestones Autism Organization's annual conference. Elyse maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a member of ASHA Special Interest Division 12 (AAC division).

Financial: Elyse Pycraft is a salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company.

Nonfinancial: Elyse Pycraft is an employee-owner of the Prentke Romich Company and is a member of ASHA and ASHA Special Interest Group 12 (AAC SIG).



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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.


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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