8 Contact Hours

This entry-level course for occupational therapists, assistants, and speech pathologists provides a comprehensive overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), including assessment, interventions and strategies that are important in enabling individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) to communicate across the life span, while recognizing that each individual has unique needs, goals, preferences, skills, and abilities.

Audience: OT, COTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 8

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Essentials Of Assistive Technologies (2012)" Written by Albert M. Cook, PhD, PE and Jan Miller Polgar, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.).  Copyright 2012 Elsevier, Inc.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the different communicative needs of persons with disabilities
  2. Discuss the basic approaches to meeting these differing needs
  3. Describe the major characteristics of alternative and augmentative communication devices
  4. Describe current approaches to speech output in assistive technologies
  5. List and describe the major approaches to rate enhancement and vocabulary expansion
  6. Discuss the major goals for, and the significance of, training in AAC device use and communicative competence
  7. Describe the steps and procedures involved in implementing an augmentative and alternative communication device for an individual consumerCarry out an implementation plan

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction to Augmentative and Alternate Communication Strategies

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3. Coursework - Introduction to Augmentative and Alternate Communication Strategies

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction to Augmentative and Alternate Communication Strategies

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion