This course is designed to support special education teachers and related service professionals in meeting the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) needs of their students. Background knowledge and experience in AAC is not required to enroll in this course. Teachers will learn what AAC is as well as how we assess and intervene with students with complex communication needs. Vocabulary selection and ideas for IEP goals will be discussed. The course will talk about moving beyond requesting and thinking about an AAC system as a way to communicate with peers. Guest speaker Leslie Benson, an ASD teacher in the district, will address literacy intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use BOARDMAKER ONLINE to create visuals and have hands on time with a variety of AAC systems from no-tech to high-tech.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe what AAC is and how it relates to Assistive Technology
- Identify populations of students who may benefit from AAC
- Understand the modes of communication and how it affects students’ communication
- Use research to debunk misconceptions around the topic of readiness for alternative modes of communication
- Describe the features of an AAC system
- Explain how to match AAC system features to student needs via assessment – specifically the AAC SETT
- Review evidence based practices to select vocabulary for students’ AAC systems and consider how access to language affects progress in the general and special education curriculum
- Review evidence based interventions for students with complex communication needs (CCN)
- Design visuals to support receptive language for students with CCN
- Write IEP goals to measure progress
Special Education teachers in the DCD, ASD, and ECSE programs will have priority for registration. General education teachers are also welcome to enroll, but should email the instructor to see if they are appropriate for this class. General education teachers should have an inclusive classroom and be interested in teaching students with complex communication needs. The instructor will review course enrollment on June 1st and open up available spots to other related service professionals at that time.
Class Dates, Times and Locations
- Monday, August 13th, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Davis Center, N5-083
- Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Davis Center, N5-083
- Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Davis Center, N1-051
- Tuesday, Septemnber 18th, 2018 - 4:30 - 6:30 PM @ Davis Center, N1-051
- Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 - 4:30 - 7:30 PM @ Davis Center, N1-051
- Monday, November 13th, 2019 - 4:30 - 6:30 PM @ Davis Center, N1-051
Register for the training on eCompass. Search course #92423 and section #112426.
- Amy Marquez, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education