AAC, Literacy & the SLP

AACES Conference 2023 Session

When There's No MLU to Measure: Communication Sampling for Young & Emerging Communicators

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This session will discuss communication sampling, an alternative to natural language sampling that specifically acknowledges and considers communicative intent of non-speech acts. It will briefly review methodologies for collecting multimodal communication samples as well as reviewing primary outcome measures to consider and report as part of communication sampling assessment.


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

Improve assessment.  

Learn an assessment strategy that specifically acknowledges the communicative intent of non-speech acts.
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Track progress.  

Gain a framework for reviewing primary outcome measures to consider and report to track progress.  

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What You'll Learn

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

1. Define communication sampling and give one reason why it is important to include in assessment of emerging communicators.
2. Outline multiple methods of collecting communication samples.
3. List at least three aspects of communication to consider during communication sampling.
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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

Caroline Madsen, SLP

Caroline Madsen is a speech-language pathologist at a pediatric outpatient clinic and adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona. Her clinical work focuses on supporting participation using augmentative and alternative communication.
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Patrick Jones - Course author