AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Strategies to Support Early Language, Learning, & Literacy Development through AAC with Grid

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Comprehensive and multi-modal AAC support in a language-rich environment facilitates early learners in developing their language and communication skills. In this talk we will explore ways that Grid 3 can be used as a part of a robust and comprehensive communication and language environment that not only supports a child with communication challenges but also supports language learning for everyone. We will also highlight functional ways that Grid can be utilized within the home and early learning classrooms. The goal is for attendees to come away not only with an understanding of Grid but also with practical strategies they can immediately put to use.


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

Learn the tech

Explore this AAC solution from Grid to learn about features that may support the early learners with complex communication needs in your life.
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Learn the tips

Gain implementation strategies that prioritize language and literacy learning at the earliest stages of development. 
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe three strategies for supporting language, learning, and literacy using Grid.
2. Identify five AAC supports to support classroom instruction.
3. Identify three ways to set up the early learning environment to support multi-modal communication in classroom instruction.
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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 instructors

Alicia Alverson, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Alicia Alverson (she/her) is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional with a passion for alternative access. She has experience working in home-care, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, schools, and skilled nursing facilities providing AAC and AT services. She is passionate about supporting individuals’ agency and autonomy through access to communication and assistive technology integration. Alicia is employed full-time for Smartbox Inc., the developers of Grid 3 software and speech generating devices. She also serves as a board member of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society.
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Melanie Gylling, MA, CCC-SLP

Melanie Gylling (she/her) is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including outpatient rehabilitation, schools, and long-term care facilities. She is passionate about AAC and providing education and support to SGD users and their support teams. Melanie is employed full-time for Smartbox Inc., the developers of Grid 3 software and speech generating devices.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author
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