AAC, Literacy & the SLP

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  • 1 hour video lesson                  
  • Intermediate Level                   
  • Attend  on-demand                     
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AACES Conference On-Demand Session

The Basics & Beyond: Core Vocabulary & More

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This session will focus on moving AAC users beyond the initial stages of treatment, which often focus on core words and device navigation. Using real life examples and practical activities, the speakers will provide steps for promoting language growth both into more sophisticated language structures and meaningful social interactions. Learners will review the Brown’s Language Stages and be given the opportunity to rate individuals at a baseline level.  Activities for increasing language complexity will then be discussed, with video support provided. Goal writing will also be discussed.


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  • Natural & engaging video
  • Watch On-Demand
  • CMH, Certificate Provided 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Move beyond requesting with your AAC user.

Learn how to move kids beyond the initial stages of basic core vocabulary & requesting to robust and rich, social communication.  
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Use language development to guide you.

Learn how to follow typical language development to move AAC intervention beyond the basics.  
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What You'll Learn

1. List at least 3 word classes that are considered core words.
2. State at least two Brown’s Stage II and III activities for pushing vocabulary forward.
3. Write a goal pertaining to language growth at each of the early Brown’s Language Stages.
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Continuing Education Credit

This series 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 instructors

M. Claire Campbell

M. Claire Campbell is a certified SLP/ATP with extensive practice in the area of AAC. Her primary work focuses on individuals with complex bodies requiring AT across disciplines and with multidisciplinary clinics. She routinely coordinates with other AT providers for global care of patients. In addition, Claire previously served as the rep for two different AAC companies, garnering advanced knowledge of products and settings. 
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Grace Hastings

Grace Hastings, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with nearly 15 years of practice with a variety of patient populations. Grace has specialized knowledge in medically complex patients and uses that skill to assess patients globally and promote total care. She is on the AAC team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and provides coverage to specialty clinics as needed.
Patrick Jones - Course author