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Navigating AAC Assessment: Unraveling the Who, What, Where, When, and Why

Description:  This session will explore the process of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment.  Discover the key elements of a comprehensive evaluation, including tools, strategies, and considerations for individuals with complex communication needs. Through the lens of a case study, participants will apply AAC assessment best practices. The process for identifying individuals who will benefit from AAC, understanding the assessment process, and unraveling the importance of AAC will be highlighted. This session promises to enhance your knowledge and skills and equip you with valuable tools to navigate an AAC assessment with confidence and effectiveness.

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


Time Ordered Agenda
5 minutes:     Introduction
15 minutes:   Description of the need for comprehensive AAC evaluations
35 minutes:   Principles for AAC Assessments
5 minutes:    Case Study Introduction
5 minutes:    Conclusion and next steps

Cost:  Free!

Presenter Bios and Disclosures:

Marleah Herman-Umpleby, MS, CCC-SLP, is a highly experienced Speech Language Pathologist with a passion for empowering individuals to enhance their communication skills.  She offers evidence-based strategies to foster successful collaborations among educators, therapists, and families.  With a focus on language and literacy, Marleah brings energy and practical solutions to increase engagement and participation within teams.  Her expertise spans AAC and language therapy for diverse backgrounds, allowing her to customize effective interventions.  Marleah values listening to others’ ideas and perspectives, making collaboration a top priority.  Her extensive background includes work in various settings, teaching at universities, coaching, mentoring, and presenting at national and international events. Additionally, she worked in the AAC industry connecting with AAC users and teams to contribute their experiences and voices to product development through usability testing and research.

Relevant Financial Disclosures:  Marleah is the co-owner of Interact Therapy LLC, full-time Assistant Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and adjunct professor at Duquesne University, Point Park University, and University of Pittsburgh. A speaker fee was received for this presentation.

Relevant Non-financial Disclosures: Marleah has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist with a passion for helping individuals realize their full potential.  With over 30 years of experience, Stephanie has provided assessment and treatment for children and adults with complex communication needs.  With a specialty in augmentative and alternative communication, she is committed to helping support teams and families successfully implement practical strategies to encourage language, literacy, and social skills development using both low and high-tech solutions.  Stephanie has led several initiatives to increase awareness about diversity and representation for AAC users. She believes in an interdisciplinary approach where the entire team works together to find the best solutions to help clients meet personal, educational, and vocational goals. Stephanie has presented at both national and international conferences with a focus on successful AAC assessment and implementation.

Relevant Financial Disclosures:  Stephanie is the co-owner of Interact Therapy LLC and a full-time employee at Dynamic Therapy Associates. A speaker fee was received for this presentation.

Relevant Non-financial Disclosures: Stephanie has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Participant Information:

Course Format:  Navigating AAC Assessment: Unraveling the Who, What, Where, When, and Why is a self-study, recorded webinar available for viewing after completing a brief registration form.

Target Audience:  This session is designed for speech-language pathologists, family members, caregivers, educators, occupational therapists, and anyone interested in AAC!

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

Access to the course, exam, and course evaluation will be provided after registering for this recorded course.  Participants have until the end of the month in which they registered 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 15 days.

Accommodations: Please email clinicaleducation@controlbionics.com with any special requests at least 72 hours before you intend to take the course.  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 clinicaleducation@controlbionics.com with concerns or complaints within 60-days of this course.  Click here for our complaint policy. 

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