AAC, Literacy & the SLP

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  • 2 sessions                            
  • All skill levels                         
  • Attend on-demand             
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Using Typical Development to Guide AAC Practices

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Get a refresher on typical communication development from infancy onward and learn how these staples are the best guide to AAC assessment and intervention practices.   This is a quickie, but a goodie, and a great place to start your AAC assessment and intervention journey, or just check in and freshen up.  

We'll start at the beginning of the typical communication Journey and draw parallels to the AAC Journey, using videos, cases, and tons of resources to stay engaged and inspired.  You'll learn how to dust off the knowledge you already have about language and communication to help demystify AAC and get some research-based EBP's to add onto those tools.  We'll explore the AAC Compass Framework for assessment and intervention planning and execution and leave off with some resources for ongoing learning.  

This course is meant to be an overview for all professional levels.  You can take a deeper dive into these concepts in several of our other trainings here in The AAC Academy.  


  • 2 Modules
  • Participate On-Demand
  • CMH, Certificate Provided 
  • Multimedia learning experience
  • Online classroom community 
  • Loads of resources!

Learn how to support communication first.

We'll emphasize development and multimodal skills as we put communication and the child first, tech and tools next.  
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It's a smoother journey with a map.

Typical development is the best map we have, so let's learn how to use it to get better outcomes with AAC!
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Learning Objectives

Learners can expect to be able to.....

1.  Identify three stagers of pre-linguistic development and discuss how these stages correlate to AAC assessment and intervention at each stage.
2.  Describe at least three ways to use typical language development to guide AAC assessment and intervention.
3.  Define the 6 main components of the AAC Compass Framework.
4.  Identify at least 3 resources for ongoing learning and application.  

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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 the instructor

Tannalynn Neufeld

I am a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 15 years of clinical experience supporting children who are learning to communicate with the support of AAC and their families. Alongside ongoing clinical practice with AAC assessment and intervention as a private consultant, I have dedicated the latter years of my career to helping other professionals empower themselves with the knowledge and skills they need to support children who use AAC as a mentor. In my main role as an assistant teaching professor at a major university in Washington, I support graduate students in developing their pre-service background in AAC as lead instructor for the AAC Foundations course. I am looking forward to working with each of you on your AAC Journey!

Learn more about Tanna here.  
Patrick Jones - Course author