Practical Communication Partner Strategies for AAC
Research tells us that the success of a communication interaction for individuals with CCN is often dependent on the skills of the communication partner (Light & Binger, 2007; Drager, et. al, 2006; Bruno & Trembath, 2006). Yet, as service providers, we often spend the majority of our time focusing on the communication skills of our clients or students with complex communication needs (CCN). We may forget to practice evidence based communication partner strategies and to intentionally teach them family members and/or caregivers. We need to make sure that we are fully equipped to support better communication interactions especially with individuals who are learning to use AAC. Join us to review five techniques that can be used to expand communication skills in AAC users of varying ages and abilities.
1. Identify 3 communication partner strategies to implement in their specific clinical setting.
2. List at least 3 resources they can utilize to teach communication partners.
3. Develop a plan to teach at least one communication partner strategy to a family member, caregiver, AAC team member or assistant who is supporting a person using AAC.
This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory, Professional Area) from December 11, 2015 through December 10, 2016.
Presented by: Patrick Brune M.S. CCC-SLP has provided assessment, therapy, and consultation services for children and adults with severe speech and language disabilities for over 25 years. Prior to his work with Tobii Dynavox, he started his AAC training while working at the University Nebraska Medical Center, providing services to both children and adults with complex communication needs. He’s worked as a clinical supervisor for Queens College, in New York, and as a related service provider for the NYC Department of Education, providing AAC support for preschool and school age students. Patrick is a member of the Tobii Dynavox Training and Implementation team and has presented and completed workshops nationally and internationally.
Financial Disclosure: Patrick is a full time employee at Tobii Dynavox.
Nonfinancial Disclosure: Patrick has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Because of the unique characteristics of our product(s), this presentation will focus exclusively on Tobii Dynavox software and will not include information on other similar communication or educational product(s).