AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Lies I Told Myself About Modeling AAC Debunked: One Mom's Journey

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Join Elektra Helde, mother of an autistic 8-year-old, as she candidly shares her journey with AAC. Through her story, she’ll explore the misconceptions she initially held about AAC that got her stuck - and walk through the mind shifts and tools that unstuck her. She’ll share practical insights around incorporating AAC at home and school, highlight the power of embracing a growth mindset and learning alongside your child, and share best practices for starting and growing how you model AAC with your child. By the end, you'll leave reassured and empowered to embark on your own AAC journey, understanding that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to success.


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

Break down the barriers

Explore common barriers that might make AAC modeling seem impossible. 
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Realize AAC gains

Adjust perspective and strategy to make real gains in language learning with AAC.
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What You'll Learn

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

1.    Identify the signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout, gaining a heightened awareness of the emotional, physical, and mental challenges that caregivers commonly face.
2.   Discuss at least two strategies to promote a shift in mindset that aims to enhance effectiveness in AAC implementation between caregiver and child.
2.   Demonstrate at least two practical strategies for integrating AAC effectively into homelife.
3.   Describe at least two practical strategies for advocating for AAC incorporation into early learning environments.
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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

Elektra Helde

Elektra Helde, is a Principal Marketing Manager at Smartsheet and a dedicated mother of three, including an autistic 8-year-old. Elektra and her family started incorporating AAC into their life at home in 2019. A Seattle native, newly minted running enthusiast, and advocate for her children, she offers her own personal valuable insights to support others on their AAC journey, emphasizing the importance of a growth mindset, the power of modeling, and the significance of visibility in AAC adoption.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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