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Friday

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Accessing It All: AAC Options for All Learners

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Deciding what communication system to trial with a client can be a very overwhelming process. Frequent questions such as paper-based or high tech? Dedicated or iPad? If dedicated, what system? If iPad, what app? are asked on a regular basis. The questions are almost endless as clinicians attempt to match specific features with specific clients. Now what happens if the client in question is not a direct selector or requires modifications to access a robust communication system? What options are then available?

A bulk of this presentation will be dedicated towards the different types of access methods that may be required for a clinician to support their client. Participants will look at both technology-based solutions and partner-based solutions for their clients. Switch access, joystick use, eye-gaze, and head tracking/pointing will be discussed as viable means of access for complex communicators. Participants will see examples and videos of individuals accessing AAC via these methods. Given the ever-evolving nature of technology, participants will look to the future to see what is on the horizon for working with complex communicators and how technology makes accessing communication easier. It is important to note that technology is not always available, required, or a best fit. In these cases, clinicians may need to investigate how to use a robust communication system with parent-assisted scanning or eye-gaze.

Accessibility doesn’t just end at direct vs. indirect access. We must think about our clients’ vision. How can we make sure that their robust system is visually accessible? And if visual accessibility is not possible, or preferred, what can we do to create a tactile-accessible communication system? We will look at available options for both categories, as well as how we can customize what is already in place to help accessibility.

Participants will learn why it is important to look at clients from a holistic perspective, and why they need to consider multi-modal communication when implementing any form of communication with their clients.

Finally, participants will work together with the presenter to brainstorm next steps for their clients. The “WHAT” after you begin implementing an AAC system is always a big question from clinicians. But there is an extra layer required when considering AAC users who may have some accessibility concerns.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the differences in how direct and in-direct selectors access AAC.
  • Identify at least five different accommodations available when pure direct selection is not ideal for an AAC user.
  • Discuss three ways to incorporate AAC use into your clients everyday environment while dynamically assessing accessibility needs.
Level

Intermediate

Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students