AAC, Literacy & the SLP

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  • 1 hour video lesson                    
  • Introductory level                         
  • Attend  on-demand                        
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AACES Conference On-Demand Session

Supporting Peer Interaction for Preschool Children Who Use AAC

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Although AAC systems and interventions have supported many young children in developing communication skills that allow them to express their wants and needs, children who use AAC are rarely given support to interact with peers using AAC. In fact, these children rarely interact with their peers, even in inclusive classrooms, and are at risk for social isolation. Families of children with disabilities often cite friendship and interaction with peers as important concerns for their children. This presentation shares the results from a series of research studies investigating strategies to support peer interaction between children with and without disabilities. 


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

Help AAC users make friends.

Learn how early support can mitigate the social isolation risks that AAC users face.
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Foster social communication.

Help your students communicate to connect, not just for wants and needs.  
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What You'll Learn

1. Identify the barriers to social interaction for children with disabilities and limited speech.
2. Describe the range of interventions used to support peer interaction for young children with limited speech including child-specific, peer mediated, and environmental arrangement interventions.
3. Apply specific intervention techniques to real-life scenarios to support social interaction for preschool children with and without disabilities.
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Continuing Education Credit

This series 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

Dr. Michelle Therrien

Michelle Therrien, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University (FSU). Dr. Therrien directs the AAC Connect Lab and her research focuses on building connections to support improved quality of life for individuals who use AAC. She is particularly interested in social interaction and friendship outcomes. She teaches courses in AAC & Developmental Disorders of Communication at FSU.   
Patrick Jones - Course author