Recorded Course

Scanning 101: Getting Started

Course Information

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                     


10 minutes:  Introduction

10 minutes:  Defining access methods for AAC

20 minutes:  Fundamentals of Scanning

15 minutes:  Case Studies

5 minutes:  Wrap-up and questions

Content Disclosure:  The content of this training is relevant to many different kinds of AAC systems.  Because the presenter works for Control Bionics, all examples will be shown using Control Bionics products. 

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 self-study, recorded webinar available for viewing after completing a brief registration form. 

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. 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.

Access to the course, exam, and course evaluation will be provided after registering for this recorded course.  Participants have 30 days to complete the course, exam, and evaluation after registration.

Quiz results and course evaluation responses will be checked within 3 days of the end of each month.  For participants who meet completion requirements during the prior month, ASHA reporting and/or certificates of completion will be sent within 10 days.

Accommodations: Please email with any special requests at least 72 hours before you intend to take. Because this course is pre-recorded, accommodations may or may not be possible.

Cancellations/Refunds: This is a free course and can be completed at your pace.  No cancellations or refunds are necessary. 

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

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