AAC, Literacy & the SLP

#AACES2024 Conference Session

Communicative Competence: Suggestions for Communication Partners

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In 1989, Janice Light introduced a definition of communicative competence for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Linguistic, social, strategic, and operational domains were key components of this definition and quickly made their way into research and practice. In 2014, Light revisited her definition and found that it was still highly relevant and needed to participate. Today, this session will explore specifically how communicative competence is relevant for our youngest AAC users. Join us as we explore how communication partners can incorporate all areas of communicative competence into everyday communication.


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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 AAC solutions from Control Bionics 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 foster communicative competence in early language learners by building the capacity of communication partners.  
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What You'll Learn

 As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
1.  Define communicative competence as it relates to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users.
2. Describe 2 ways to address social and linguistic competence with young children who use AAC.
3. Identify at least 2 ways to address operational and strategic competence even with very young children.
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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

Kristin Whitfield, MA, CCC-SLP

Kristin Whitfield, MA, CCC-SLP is the Clinical Education Specialist for Control Bionics. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in multiple settings, specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for most of her career. Kristin has presented on various AAC topics at local, national, international, and online conferences/workshops. Her desire is to help others love AAC, and the people who use it as much as she does.
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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