Strategic Competency in AAC

Training Type: DynaVox T10/Compass


Light (1989) defines strategic competence as the ability to "make the best of what they do know and can do" given the limitations to communication imposed by AAC systems. 

In this session we will briefly discuss the four areas of communicative competencies (Linguistic, Operational, Social and Strategic). We will take a closer look at Strategic Competency and introduce a framework to identify needs in this area as well as goals to target these needs at different areas. We will explore vocabulary for targeting strategic skills and review planning tools to implement with clients/students. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain at least two benefits of addressing strategic competence for an individual using AAC.
  • Identify 1-2 strategic competency goals for an AAC user at the Emergent, Context-Dependent and Independent communication ability levels.
  • Describe the types of vocabulary that would target strategic competency in a communication device.

This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).  

ASHA CEUs will be available for this recording from February 6, 2016 until February 5, 2017.

The live session was on February 5, 2016.

Holly Schneider, MA CCC-SLP, has prior experience as an Elementary & Intermediate English and Language Arts teacher. After graduating in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she began a clinical career at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, working with clients ranging in age from adolescent to geriatric. Currently, Holly is on the Training and Implementation Team at Tobii Dynavox where she develops and conducts internal and customer trainings, creates implementation resources, and presents at local, national and international conferences about AAC topics.


Financial Disclosure: Holly is a full time employee at Tobii Dynavox.

Non-financial Disclosure: Holly has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

1 hour

Holly Schneider, MA CCC-SLP

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