AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Bolster Up Communication Partners

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The pandemic has taught us in a great way the negative mental health impact of virtual education from the comfort of home. Plenty of research shows that when kids have good relationships, their academic success follows that. The family's focus for AAC users is participation beyond academics with peers. It’s likely that most of you have observed the challenges communication partners face when trying to support children who need AAC to communicate in community and educational settings. In this session, we will identify different communication partners, discuss the power of shifting mindsets, guide communication partner skill development through coaching with feedback and self-evaluation, and respect the AAC user while supporting learning with appropriate prompting.


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

Gain a parent perspective

Learn about the importance of mindset, individualization, and coaching to the parents of complex communicators who use AAC.
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Focus on partner priorities

Gain insight and strategies to shift AAC support in a way that puts the child and family priorities at the center. 
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What You'll Learn

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

1.   Identify two types of different communication partners in different settings.
2.  Describe at least one commonly held mindset that becomes a barrier to those tasked with supporting students who need AAC.
3.  Discuss how coaching with feedback and self-evaluation with video can support the development of communication partners who encourage and empower AAC learners.
4.. Discover two strategies to use to support different communication partners.
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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

Harsha Jawale

My name is Harsha. I have done bachelors in computer engineering in India. I have worked as an assistant professor in the MIT Engineering College in Pune. I later joined the s/w development firm and worked as Java, J2EE developer. I co-authored a book called "Discrete Structure and Graph Theory." I am blessed with 2 kids. My daughter is 17 and is a gifted young achiever from the 1st grade. My younger son has a rare genetic condition called CDK 13. He is one of the 6 kids in the USA who got diagnosed in 2015. My journey from s/w professional to full-time support mom began with his birth. My passion for AAC, inclusion, and diversity education started before he entered the public education system k-12.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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