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General Principles of AAC Assessment in Adult Populations

presented by Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP and Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Financial: Kristy Weissling and Sarah Wallace receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Kristy Weissling and Sarah Wallace have no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Currently many SLP clinicians do not understand the process of AAC assessment in adults with acquired communication disability. The authors of this presentation will seek to present an overview of the AAC assessment process as discussed in Buekelman and Miranda's participation model (2013). The model will be discussed as a means of creating a comprehensive treatment plan. Tools for the evaluation of skills in many areas of the participation model will be presented.

Meet Your Instructors

Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

Kristy Weissling, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her professional doctorate in speech language pathology from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She is the on-campus clinic coordinator and is one of four investigators on the…

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Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Sarah E. Wallace PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition clinic in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wallace also directs the Communication and Cognition Lab (https://www.facebook.com/CommunicationAndCognitionLab/). Dr. Wallace is a certified speech-language pathologist with clinical experience providing services to individuals with…

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1. Introduction to the Participation Model

This chapter will provide an introduction to the participation model as a way to conceptualize the assessment process in AAC. Participants will state the 3 purposes of the AAC evaluation process after completing this chapter.

2. Participation Model: What is it?

This chapter will describe the participation model and what it is. Students will learn the type of barriers that must be assessed to have complete understanding of client’s needs.

3. How to Implement the Participation Model

In this section, specific assessment tools and techniques will be discussed. Students will learn one assessment tool for each of the participation barriers.

4. Follow through AAC for the Long Term

In this chapter the participants will learn about the need for ongoing follow-up in the AAC assessment process. The participants will learn the relationship between ongoing assessment and treatment in the successful integration of the participation model in a successful AAC program plan.

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