AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Implementing AAC with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can be implemented with Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The “Determining Candidacy for an AAC Device” resource was created by American Sign Language-fluent speech-language pathologists with extensive experience working at schools for the Deaf. This screening tool can help broadly determine whether a signing Deaf child is a candidate for an AAC device. Many Deaf children who communicate using ASL are also encouraged to use AAC devices when they are not candidates and likely would not benefit from them. This tool can help providers minimize those occurrences. The participants will also learn about different Deaf-Friendly AAC features in a variety of applications, analyze case studies, and feature matching AAC apps to the correct student while continuing to support the individual's signing.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Gain a framework

Improve your AAC decision-making for children with hearing impairment through a specialized screen tool. 
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Learn about AAC features

Learn about AAC system features that best support children with hearing impairment who are candidates for AAC.
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.   Define the four possible reasons for candidacy within the outcomes of the resource.
2.  Formulate five different Deaf-Friendly AAC features amongst a variety of communication applications.
3.  Distinguish two possible AAC apps for trailing with a Deaf student while using a Deaf-Friendly feature matching chart when given a case study.
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
1 certification maintenance hour (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 YOUR instructor

Quinn Kelly MS., CCC-SLP, TSSLD

Quinn is a bilingual, American Sign Language (ASL)-fluent, certified Speech-Language Pathologist at a school for the Deaf in New York. She received her B.A in Linguistics from Montclair State University with a concentration in ASL, and her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Mercy College. Currently, Quinn works at a school for the Deaf, primarily servicing Deaf-Disabled students targeting Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and expressive and receptive language in ASL.
As a bilingual therapist, Quinn specializes in working with AAC with individuals with multiple disabilities. Quinn has worked with both neurotypical and complex communicators through various bilingual approaches with ASL and AAC. She has developed and published an informal assessment for AAC. Quinn has conducted and presented research about AAC use with d/Deaf individuals on the national and international level. Quinn currently holds her ASL-PI certificate from Gallaudet University. She currently resides in New Jersey.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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