AAC, Literacy & the SLP

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  • 2 hour video lesson                  
  • Introductory Level                   
  • Attend  on-demand                   
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AACES Conference On-Demand Session

Embracing AAC: A Parallel Process to a DIR Approach  

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Embracing AAC starts with recognizing how hard this is! We often say we need 4 hands to implement AAC. How do we regulate a child, engage in play with them and activate a high-tech device? How do we coach parents to feel confident modeling with intent for their child? This session will look at the parallel process, our ability to deal with multiple stimuli simultaneously, between Developmental, Individual-Differences, Relationship based theory and the integration of AAC. We need to understand both the child's and communication partner’s profile. We will look at how relationships can support growth in communication and weave in AAC.


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

Learning occurs within relationships.

Learn how to tailor interactions to each child and partner profile to foster that strong connection that is essential to learning , especially for AAC.  
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Connection fosters communication.  

Learn how to build a strong foundation of shared attention, engagement, and intention upon which authentic AAC  language learning takes place. 
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What You'll Learn

1. Describe how relationships can enhance modeling AAC during a communicative interaction.
2. Describe how to include an individual’s profile while feature matching for an AAC system.
3. Describe methods for reflection and how reflection of a communicative interaction can benefit future interactions.
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Continuing Education Credit

This series offers eligible students a total of
2 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 YOUR instructor

Heidi Hosick

Heidi Hosick, MS CCC-A/SLP is a speech language pathologist and audiologist with over 30 years’ experience practicing in the field of developmental disabilities. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is the Founder and CEO of Independent Therapy Network LLC and Partners In Communication providing PT, OT, SLP, AT, and RD services to individuals in their home and community as well as a Director of Team Autism Memphis; a specialty practice with an emphasis on sensory processing disorders, feeding, AAC and ASD.
Heidi has presented at International, National and Regional conferences, school district learning days, State Educational Conferences, parent support groups and State provider forums on the topics of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), increasing communication opportunities in the classroom and home environments, fostering an environment for functional language in developmentally delayed individuals and ""Say More Talk Less"", an approach to engage individuals with autism.
She has worked and consulted across the spectrum of ages and environments including preschool, public school, outpatient clinics, community homes, residential institutions and day and employment settings. Heidi has specialized in coaching and training parents, direct support staff, teachers and paraprofessionals to maximize skilled interventions provided in her practices. Her treatment emphasis is always on the whole child and family incorporating her specialty training in LAMP, Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT), SPD Proficiency Level 1, PROMPT, Hanen, IM, and DIR/Floortime approaches.
Patrick Jones - Course author