Graduate School

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders Workshop

    The Nuts and Bolts of Successful AAC Implementation


    Friday, April 13
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Campus Location: Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Room 102
    Cost: $175 (includes lunch)
    Coordinator: Dr. Kristina Curro

    This course is offered for 0.6 CEUs, Intermediate level, Professional area.

    Satisfactory Completion Requirements: Completion of the workshop. Partial CEUs are not available.

    To register by mail or fax, use the Workshop Registration Form. To register by phone, call 508-929-8127 with your credit card information. (No refunds will be given after 5 p.m. on April 11.)
     
    Who Should Attend

    • Early childhood teachers
    • Elementary teachers
    • Para-educators
    • Special education teachers
    • Speech-language pathologists
    • Psychologists
    • Parents
    Course Description

    Content focused on the principles of successful implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The presenters identified barriers to successful AAC implementation, provided examples of effective implementation of AAC, and discussed AAC implementation across settings and devices to meet the needs of individuals served.

    Learning Objectives
    As a result of this workshop, learners will be able to:

    • Describe at least three essential components of successful AAC implementation
    • Detail at least three barriers to AAC intervention
    • Explain how AAC implementation may or may not differ across settings and/or AAC systems

    Workshop Presenters

    Nerissa Hall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ATP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist, the co-founder of Commūnicāre, LLC, and an assistive technology practioner. She specializes in augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, telepractice, and tele-AAC. She practices in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Nerissa is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 12: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and 18: Telepractice.

    Disclosures
    Financial: Dr. Hall is receiving an honorarium for the presentation. Non-Financial: Dr. Hall has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

    Hillary Jellison, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist, an Augmentative Communication Specialist, and an Assistive Technology Practitioner. She is the co-founder of Commūnicāre, LLC, a company specializing in augmentative and alternative communication and innovative therapeutic services. Hillary provides specialized consultation, intervention, and training services in the state of Massachusetts. Hillary is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 12: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and 18: Telepractice.

    Disclosures
    Financial: ​​Ms. Jellison is receiving an honorarium for the presentation. Non-Financial: Ms. Jellison has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

    Agenda

    Registration
    8-8:30 a.m.

    Introduction
    8:30-9 a.m. 

    Overview of AAC systems, discussion of AAC implementation with examples
    9-10:30 a.m.

    Break
    10:30-10:45 a.m.

    Overview of the fundamentals of AAC implementation
    10:45 a.m. - 12 noon

    Lunch
    12-1 p.m.

    AAC implementation fundamentals continued
    1-2:30 p.m.

    Break
    2:30-2:45 p.m.

    Discussion of AAC implementation across settings and systems
    2:45-4 p.m.