CEUs for SLPs

AAC Master Course

Master Class Series, 5.5-hours

Course Description

AAC
Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) can be a powerful option for students with significant communication challenges due to autism and related disabilities. However, between behavioral issues, difficulties with engagement, and limited time for preparation, SLPs often struggle to develop effective AAC therapy sessions for students with autism who are minimally verbal/nonverbal. This session covers essential ingredients for smooth and efficacious AAC sessions and discusses key intervention strategies. Considerations for how to differentiate AAC supports for learners across a range of communicative abilities will also be reviewed along with suggestions for developing and implementing visual supports. Resources for free and low-cost materials that can help clinicians develop engaging, age-respectful activities will also be shared.

Managing Behavior Online:
Challenging behavior can be disruptive to critical treatments including speech therapy. Now with many speech sessions occurring remotely, having a foundational understanding of problem behavior, why they occur, and why they persist, is of great importance. In addition, having a toolkit of evidence-based prevention, prompting, and reinforcement strategies can assist with making online speech sessions engaging, successful, and fun. This presentation outlines ways to prevent and manage problem behaviors so that speech sessions will be optimally productive and fun. Participants will learn about the basic functions of behavior, ways to prevent problems before they occur, and how to maximize learning time in sessions while using evidence-based interventions. Participants learned how to implement specific strategies throughout online sessions for best outcomes.

CEUs/Hours Offered

ASHA: 0.55 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate 
CA SLPAHB: 5.5 hrs 
CMH: 5.5 hrs

About the Presenters

Learning Outcomes

Discuss 4 elements of successful AAC sessions

Explain ways to differentiate AAC instruction based on individual needs/abilities

Describe at least 2 key AAC intervention strategies

Explain the role of visual supports and discuss appropriate implementation

Identify common antecedents to problem behavior

Implement multiple reinforcement strategies online effectively

Create interactive sessions to increase engagement 

Identify resources for AAC materials across grade levels

Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Agenda

5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

25 mins - Review of popular therapeutic approaches

50 mins - Objectives

  1. Discuss 4 elements of successful AAC sessions
  2. Explain ways to differentiate AAC instruction based on individual needs/abilities
  3. Describe at least 2 key AAC intervention strategies
  4. Explain the role of visual supports and discuss appropriate implementation
  5. Identify resources for AAC materials across grade levels

30 mins - Results and Recommendations

10 mins - Q&A

  • Introduction-5 mins
  • Considerations for students- 10 mins
  • Prevention- 40 mins
  • Prompting- 15 mins
  • Reinforcement- 30 mins

Objectives:

  • Identify common antecedents to problem behavior
  • Describe the ways that behavior works for students with complex communication needs (function)
  • Implement multiple reinforcement strategies effectively
  • Embed specific strategies into online speech sessions
  • Implementing Strategies into Online Sessions- 10 mins

  • 5 minutes - Introductions & Disclosures
  • 30 minutes – Teletherapy Technology Needs
  • 45 minutes – Supporting Student & Family Needs
  • Describe how a clinician can participate in teletherapy services synchronously and asynchronously
  • List three reasons why a student and their family may be better suited for asynchronous intervention services
  • List three different ways the parent/helper can support the student’s engagement in teletherapy
  • Explain how to combine multiple devices/screens within one teletherapy session
  • List three work arounds for limited access to equipment
  • 40 minutes – Balancing Teletherapy Models, Q&A

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