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Selecting and Implementing AAC Systems for Young Children With Complex Communication Needs

# e147   Selecting and Implementing AAC Systems for Young Children With Complex Communication Needs

by Joy McGowan, MS, CCC-SLP

0.3 CEUs

$ 59.00

$ 47.00

Technology has unlocked communication for many children with complex communication needs and severe motor impairment. For children with significant oral motor dysfunction and limited speech production, the development of an expressive communication system is often considered to be the primary focus of the speech-language pathologist’s treatment plan.

This course will aid participants in the decision-making process, including five critical components to consider when selecting an augmentative communication system. The functional implications of cognitive, speech and language development, vision, and gross/fine motor skills on communication interactions in children will be considered. Presented will be guidelines for participants to use in determining the optimal AAC system to ensure successful communication across environments. Both high- and low-tech communication options will be examined, including: communication boards, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS™), switches, eye-gaze, mobile technology, and speech-generating devices featuring static and dynamic displays on dedicated augmentative communication devices.

Participants will also learn to formulate appropriate goals and objectives based on data collection procedures specifically designed for monitoring a child’s use of the features of his or her AAC system. Case studies will be presented to illustrate these technological advances and recommended strategies. Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between speech and language development and the ability to effectively use an augmentative communication system.

  2. Describe five critical components to consider when selecting an augmentative communication system.

  3. Identify the teaching strategies that are part of the “Picture Exchange Communication System” protocol that are effective in the initial training of a speech-generating device.

  4. Describe the role of current technology to enhance a child’s communicative intent, vocabulary development, and use of syntax and grammar.

  5. Identify current, evidence-based practices to apply to their current caseload of children using an AAC system.

  6. Formulate appropriate goals and objectives based on data collection procedures specifically designed for monitoring a child’s use of the features of his or her augmentative communication system. 

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order 
to receive a certificate of completion.

AOTA

Domain of OT: Client Factors: Body functions and structures; Activity Demands: Objects used and their properties, Sequence and timing, required actions, required body function, required body structures; Performance Skills: Sensory perceptural, motor and praxis, cognitive, communication

OT Process: Evaluation: Analysis of occupational performance

Joy Silverman McGowan, MS, CCC-SLP, is the Speech, Language, and Augmentative Communication Specialist at Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has worked in the field of AAC for over 30 years providing consultation in a variety of educational, medical, and community settings. She has lectured and published several papers on the topic of AAC and children with complex communication needs. Joy teaches the graduate level course “Foundations and Management of Augmentative and Alternative Communication” in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Temple University. Together with Lori Frost she published two articles in ASHA Perspectives Journal (Division 12) on the topic of transitioning from PECS to SGD.    

 

Financial — Joy McGowan is presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Joy McGowan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • OT
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.


AOTA: Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. #4095.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.  
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education.  Provider #1654.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 12/31/2015.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"I especially enjoyed the assessment of individuals who may benefit from a speech generated device and how to determine if it would be appropriate." - L.C.S., 10/27/2016

"I liked the videos! The implementation and strategies for implementing AAC devices were most helpful. It was a lot of info!" - J.Z., 10/12/2016

"I enjoyed the mini-videos on certain AAC devices. I enjoyed the detail it went into how each device is used and what they can be useful for. I loved going over how to use and develop a specialized AAC for each client. I learned different aspects to look for and how devices are individualized to each client's needs." - L.Z., 10/5/2016

"I really benefitted from the overview of prerequisite skills for considering an AAC system. I liked the information on current eye gaze and eye tracking technologies." - N.S., 9/12/2016

"The information regarding SGDs was most helpful." - A.L., 9/8/2016

"I liked the description of PECS." - N.P.P., 8/26/2016

"I had very little background in AAC, but found this entire course to be dense with great information!" - A.C., 8/25/2016

"The listing of specific considerations when choosing between SGDs and a quick look at some commonly used devices was most beneficial. I liked the short videos of clients using the SGDs in the school setting." - L.P., 8/25/2016

"Looking at the AAC communication plan from a team approach was very useful. I liked seeing the different systems out there." - S.A., 8/21/2016

"The instructor was easy to understand. I appreciated the look at different types of devices and how to use them." - J.M., 8/13/2016

"Summarizing and delineating the process of assessment and selection were the most helpful topics. Good rate of presentation, good examples, very clear concept explanation." - A.L., 8/12/2016

"This course provides an overview and yet comprehensive in each topic. Each topic builds on the previous one and they are all very informative." - S.H., 8/10/2016

"I really enjoyed the discussion on the importance of completing a language sample and oral motor evaluation prior to implementing aac system." - R.H., 8/10/2016

"I like that it helped me implement PECS system better." - A.G., 8/10/2016

"Going over the core and fringe vocabulary words to include in a child's AAC device was very useful." - S.P., 7/11/2016

"I liked learning about the different dynamic devices and systems." - P.B., 6/26/2016

"This information is valuable to working in my setting at a pediatric outpatient clinic. It was beneficial to see the different devices and interfaces. I like the video examples and details of PECS and hi-tech AAC methods." - P.E., 6/23/2016

"The discussion on the importance of assessment and personalized augmentative systems for each patient was really helpful." - V.M., 6/15/2016

"It was very informative and easy to understand." - L.G., 6/6/2016

"I liked the very inclusive information about AAC - especially for those new to the area." - K.C.A., 5/28/2016

"I enjoyed the discussion about introduction strategies for introducing children to eye gaze devices." - D.L., 5/26/2016

"I liked how it encompassed most, if not all areas of AAC that needs to be considered when working with those who may benefit from using an AAC device. The coverage of PECS was most beneficial, because it seems to be the most functional and useful for the autistic population I work with." - D.T., 5/15/2016

"I found the information about what is and what is not referred to as the PECS system very helpful." - L.G., 5/5/2016

"I like that it touched upon a variety of options and skills students need for each one. The discussion on when to transfer from PECS to SGD's was most beneficial." - K.S., 4/29/2016

"I really appreciated the overview of all devices and appropriate population for use with restrictions." - M.S., 4/22/2016

"The assessment and discussions of eye gaze was very useful." - T.F., 4/19/2016

"The chart for eye gaze use was really helpful." - K.M., 4/18/2016

"I liked the thoroughness of the eCourse." - L.J., 4/17/2016

"The instructor was very knowledgeable and conveyed her knowledge effectively." - M.W., 3/7/2016

"Presenter speaks very clearly with good examples. This course provides a good overview of augmentative communication. It is very relevant to current patient populations." - A.F., 3/4/2016

"I thought the insight offered through this course addressed not only the learning outcomes but also dispelled some myths and/or offered suggestions on how to address common concerns when implementing the use of AAC systems. " - K.H. 3/3/2016

 

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