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  • Fulfill your ASHA Clinical Supervision PD requirement       

  • For all skill levels         

  • Interactive video learning

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Connecting & Communicating with Autistic Learners Through AAC

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This six-part series for all skill levels will provide a framework to support the acquisition of communication skills via AAC for autistic learners at the earliest stages of communication development.  Attendees will be encouraged to think about elements of “connection” (engagement, regulation, relatedness),  and how each contributes to a solid, social-emotional foundation for communication and language learning.  From this perspective, attendees will explore assessment tools and strategies to help them uncover skills, needs, and other valuable insights required to develop and track strengths-based goals.  Attendees will then be encouraged to expand their current AAC mental models by considering lesser-utilized AAC modalities within a multimodal communication support system.  Attendees will also be encouraged to consider how they might adjust interactions and learning opportunities to maximize outcomes given what they understand of each learner’s unique profile.  This series will conclude by exploring instructional techniques and addressing common misconceptions about AAC intervention.  Instructional strategies covered will begin at the earliest stages of social- emotional and communication development, where attendees will be offered practical strategies to enhance emerging skills, such as regulation, communicative intent, non-symbolic communication, and “first word” learning.  This series will offer an engaging mix of lecture, case-based thought exercises, and hands-on activity invitations alongside a  robust , digital toolbox packed full of resources from each theme explored in the series.


  • 6 Modules
  • Watch on-demand over
    12 months of access 
  • CMH, Certificate Provided 
  • Multimedia, hands-on  learning experience
  • Online classroom community 
  • Loads of resources!

Evidence-based principles

Gain a research-based framework tailored to the unique complexities of supporting complex communicators on the autism spectrum. 

Neuroaffirming practice.

Learn how to engage in teaching strategies that recognize the strengths and adapt to the individual differences in all learners.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the series, attendees will be able to:

1. Define and discuss the connection concepts of regulation, relatedness, and engagement as each pertains to setting learners up for success with language and communication using AAC.
2. Discuss at least two ways to enhance one’s understanding of a learner’s regulation needs as relevant to setting a positive foundation of connection upon which to build communication learning opportunities.
3. Identify at least three tools that can be used to assess the communication skills and needs of non-speaking autistic learners or those with limited speech for the purpose of goal setting and intervention planning.
4. Discuss at least three intervention elements to consider when teaching early communication and language skills to non-speaking/minimally-speaking autistic learners via AAC tools and strategies.
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Continuing Education Credit

This series offers eligible students a total of
 6 certification maintenance hours (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page. All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet the instructor

Tannalynn Neufeld

I am a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 15 years of clinical experience supporting children who are learning to communicate with the support of AAC and their families. Alongside ongoing clinical practice with AAC assessment and intervention as a private consultant, I have dedicated the latter years of my career to helping other professionals empower themselves with the knowledge and skills they need to support children who use AAC as a mentor. In my main role as an assistant teaching professor at a major university in Washington, I support graduate students in developing their pre-service background in AAC as lead instructor for the AAC Foundations course. I am looking forward to working with each of you on your AAC Journey!

Learn more about Tanna here.  
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Patrick Jones - Course author

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