AAC Intervention Compass 1

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  • 4 Modules                             
  • Attend on-demand              
  • All skill levels                         
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AAC Intervention Compass 1: Explorers

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This 4 part course for all skill levels will provide a framework to help you support the development of language and communication skills with AAC for children at the earliest stages of communication learning. You will learn how to use comprehensive assessment data to set functional and developmentally-sound, child and family-centered goals for emerging communicators (Explorers). You will also learn how to set the stage for engaging communication learning opportunities and how to support those opportunities across environments with evidence-based language intervention strategies, AAC style! This series is sure to engage you in the theory and practice of successful communication intervention with AAC and give you the tools you need to guide your students and their families toward a lifetime of communicative independence.  
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  • 4 Modules
  • Participate On-Demand
  • CMH, Certificate Provided 
  • Multimedia learning experience
  • Online classroom community 
  • Loads of resources!

Learn how to support language-AAC Style!

Teaching language using AAC isn't always easy, but when you  have developmental principles in mind and the AAC Compass framework in hand, it is much easier!
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Set your students up for communication autonomy.

Quality, early experiences are essential for language learners, and  AAC users are no exception!  Starting now to build for the future is key to communication independence long-term. 
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Learning Objectives

Hang in for the whole series and you'll tackle the following:

Session 1:  Pre-Intervention Assessment
  1.  Identify at least 3 strategies to gather and interpret data on communication skills & needs for intervention planning purposes.
  2.  Describe at least 3 elements to a functional and measurable short term goal for teaching communication with AAC.
  3.  Describe at least 3 elements of task analysis as it applies to developing a sequential teaching plan for teaching communication with AAC. 
  4. Describe at least 3 potential skills areas of focus for emerging communicators.

Session 2: Set the Stage for Learning

  1.  Identify at least 3 considerations for customizing an AAC system to the skills and needs of each student. 
  2.  Demonstrate  at least 2 strategies for getting familiar with a student's AAC system as you prepare for intervention sessions.  
  3.  Identify at least 3 strategies to adapt  learning opportunities for students with complex vision, sensory, and/or motor needs.  
  4.  Describe at least 3 ways to adapt and support communication learning interactions to ensure they are naturalistic.  

Session 3: Build Upon Communication Strengths

  1.  Describe the 3 main elements in shaping intentionality for pre-intentional, emerging communicators.  
  2.  Discuss the 3 main elements in shaping conventional, non-symbolic communication signals.
  3.  List at least 3 strategies to provide appropriate language modeling with AAC.
  4.  List at least 3 strategies to support students' attention to aided language models. 

Session 4: Strengthen the AAC Bridge
  1.  Identify at least 2 strategies to support the development of a "first words" vocabulary with AAC. 
  2.  Describe at least 2 methods of supporting access learning for student's with motor challenges.  
  3.  List at least 2 considerations for partner training around teaching communication skills to emerging communicators.
  4. Discuss at least 3 considerations for data collection and progress monitoring for emerging communicators.  
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Continuing Education Credit

This series offers eligible students a total of
 8 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 WA state 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.  
Patrick Jones - Course author