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Scanning 101: Getting Started

Course Information

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, virtually on Microsoft Teams

Description:  Scanning is an important access method for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Often viewed as a last resort, scanning can feel daunting to understand and teach.  This course is designed to cover the basics about scanning, including the types of scanning, making selections in scanning (e.g., switches), and characteristics of individuals who use scanning for communication.  A second session, Scanning 102, will dive into how to facilitate accurate, purposeful switch use and teach scanning for communication!

Learning Objectives:  As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify three broad types of scanning
  2. Describe three parts of the ideal movement used to activate a switch to access a communication device
  3. Name three characteristics of individuals who use scanning to communicate                     


5 minutes:  Introduction

5 minutes:  Defining access methods for AAC

25 minutes:  Fundamentals of Scanning

20 minutes:  Case Studies

5 minutes:  Wrap-up and questions

Content Disclosure:  Control Bionics products will be used for all demonstrations during this course.  However, the concepts presented are relevant to many different kinds of AAC systems.

Cost: Free!

Presenter Information

Kristin Whitfield, MA, CCC-SLP is the Clinical Education Specialist for Control Bionics. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in multiple different settings, specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for most of her career. Kristin has presented on various AAC topics at local, national, international, and online conferences/workshops. Her desire is to help others love AAC, and the people who use it, as much as she does.

Presenter Disclosure

  • Financial: Kristin is employed by Control Bionics and receives a salary for her work.
  • Nonfinancial: Kristin has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Participation Information

Course Format: Scanning 101 will be a live, online course on Microsoft Teams. Interaction will be encouraged and time for questions incorporated into the session.

Target Audience: This session is designed for speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, family members, care givers, educators, and anyone interested in learning about AAC!

Completion Requirements: In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must:

  1. Attend the full course. Login and logout times will be recorded automatically by the meeting software (Microsoft Teams).  Partial credit for attending less than the whole class is not allowed.
  2. Pass an online exam with 80% accuracy or greater.  Exams are multiple choice with 10 or fewer questions and can be taken as many times as needed to pass.
  3. Complete an online course evaluation.

Links for the exam and evaluation will be emailed to participants and must be completed within 7 days of the training.

Accommodations: Please email with any special requests at least 72 hours prior to the session.

Cancellations/Refunds: If you are unable to attend, we completely understand! Check back to see if this course will be offered again or as a recorded session. This is a free course, so no payments or refunds are necessary. 

Complaints: Please email with concerns or complaints within 60-days of this course. Click here for our complaint policy. 

Disclaimer: ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.