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

The Voices of Birth to Three: Joy & Connection in Caregiver-Child Relationships Through Robust AAC

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Shared joy and connection are integral parts of language learning, yet are often overlooked as the pillars of AAC intervention. Emergent communicators' social-emotional development and well-being depends on social closeness through communication. In this presentation, we will discuss implementing robust AAC within a transdisciplinary early intervention team. The birth-three years and complex communication needs populations are two vulnerable groups with a high need for advocacy. We will share strategies to empower early intervention teams and caregivers to open dialogue and navigate challenging conversations when faced with barriers related buy-in and implementation. Several heartwarming videos will be shared of toddlers using SGDs in their natural routines with an individualized plan of care tailored to each family's dynamics and needs.


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

Build language upon joy & connection.

Learn how to integrate language immersion with AAC into the power of strong caregiver-child connection.
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Empower families with robust AAC, early.

Learn the why and how of introducing robust AAC for children with complex communication needs & their families in the early years.
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What You'll Learn

1. Identify at least three critical principles for successful AAC implementation within meaningful routines, and strategies to individualize them for each family’s dynamic and needs.
2. Identify at least five AAC myths related to device candidacy and describe one strategy for opening dialogue related to each myth to advocate when faced with barriers related to buy-in and implementation.
3. Describe three ways that early access to robust AAC can positively support caregiver-child relationships and social-emotional development
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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 instructors

Tamy Budiardjo

Tamy Budiardjo M.A. CCC-SLP is an early intervention Speech-Language Pathologist in Kansas. She is passionate about the birth to 3 years population and early access to augmentative & alternative communication (AAC). Additional clinical interests include Autism, childhood apraxia of speech, caregiver-child relationships, and culturally-responsive interventions. Tamy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas.
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Martha Knapp-Palmer

Martha Knapp-Palmer, MS Ed., ECSE, IMH-E II is an Early Childhood SpecialEducation Teacher in Kansas. She is passionate about early access to AAC and thepositive impacts it has on caregiver-child dynamics. Her clinical interests include Autism,infant mental health, and the teaming process with teammates, families, and communitypartners. She has served on an Autism team and has administered several ADOS-2assessments. Martha earned the Level II-Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E II)from the Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH). Shereceived her Master’s of Education and certification in Early Childhood SpecialEducation from Emporia State University. 
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Jennifer Stockard

Jennifer Stockard is a licensed masters of social worker (LMSW) in Kansas. She is passionate about the positive impact that early intervention has on child caregiver dyads, and nurturing caregiver child relationships through evidence-based tools and interventions. Other clinical interests include infant mental health and how attachment and trauma play a role in a child’s development. In addition to early intervention, Jennifer has several years of experience in child protection, forensic interviewing, and school social work. She is trained in the Attachment & BioBehavioral Catch-up (ABC) program. She received her undergraduate degree from Bethel College and Master’s degree from the University of Kansas.
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