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AAC Implementation 101 Training for Getting Started with AAC Core Words Distance

Susan Berkowitz
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  1. Are you looking for a curriculum for your AAC users that builds core word use, formulation of phrases and sentences, formulation of narratives, and touches on writing skills? You've found it!This collection of 65 resources provides materials to teach more than 40 beginning core words with interactiv
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Learning Objective

Students will gain an understanding of how to implement AAC with emerging communicators, including first steps, functions, modeling, and moving beyond single words.


Get the tools you need to help your child/student become an effective communicator with AAC. Learn how to implement AAC and teach core words to students. Getting started with implementing augmentative communication doesn't have to be fancy, but it does need you to have the tools and strategies to be successful. Every child CAN communicate.

I have been a speech-language pathologist for more than 40 years, with a focus on AAC. I have watched the field expand from teaching simple signs to teaching picture-based communication with effective, competent language skills and a focus on core words and Aided Input.

Learn the 5 step process I use to help others teach the nonspeaking, nonverbal child to communicate effectively with AAC:

▶️ Providing a robust vocabulary

▶️ Using Aided Language Stimulation

▶️ Beginning with single words

▶️ Increasing communication intents

▶️ Developing more word combinations and expanded responses

Course includes:

☀ A robust core & fringe word communication book

☀ A handout version of the 150+ slide deck

☀ Handouts on

•being a good communication partner

•strategies to increase AAC use

•Aided Language Stimulation explanatory brochure

•Supporting Communication planning guides and data sheets, with examples

communication temptations

•using routines to increase engagement

•sabotage as a strategy

•planning forms for temptations exercises

•communication functions planning form

•infographic on functions

•partner assisted scanning.

AAC is appropriate for ANY child who does not have speech or whose speech is insufficient to meet his communication needs.

“We have discovered increasingly that communication has only 1 prerequisite; and it has nothing to do with mental age, chronological age, mathematical formulae, or any other models that have been developed to decide who is a candidate and who is not. That is because breathing is the only prerequisite that is relevant to communication.” Pat Mirenda, 1992

See my Myths of AAC free handout to dispel the rest of the misinformation and myths surrounding AAC.

All children deserve a voice. Help your child now.

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The supporting documents are in a zip file; please make sure you can open zip files before you purchase this course.

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