Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the School Setting
This graduate course is designed for school-based speech-language pathologists and other school personnel such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, case managers, and teachers who may serve on an AAC team and want to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the school setting. This course is intended to extend beyond the introduction and basics of AAC. Students will learn about vocabulary and message selection, AAC system organization and management, and specific strategies for AAC intervention in the educational environment. This course covers AAC for the beginning communicator as well as the experienced AAC user. Participants will deepen their understanding of evidence-based strategies to support students with complex communication needs in the preK-12 population.
(Available for 3 credits)
Course Number: ED 501-5400
**Textbook purchased separately and is available here
"The course on AAC offers a great summary of current best evidence based practices. I highly recommend it! I will definitely be keeping the course text book close at hand as it is an excellent resource. The text and assignments provided important reminders for assessment and treatment and also provided updated research to refer to when speaking with parents and colleagues about the use of AAC to support a student's overall success. This class also allows me to now critically assess all the online content out there for those of us trying so hard to keep up with the information in the field of AAC. Thank you for organizing such an informative class!"- AS, School SLP
"My first course was Implementing AAC in the School Setting. I absolutely loved this course. Despite being in the profession for many years, I always feel it is important to continue to build and expand my knowledge base. This course was excellent and I benefited tremendously with increased knowledge and perspective regarding AAC. I loved the self paced setting of the course as it easily allowed me to balance my work, home, family life while taking this course. I was able to complete this course efficiently and keep a healthy balance with the other aspects in my life. It was completely manageable and if I needed to stop and continue at a later time, there was no difficulty in doing that could easily divide my time between assignments (start a case study but also complete quizzes at the same time) and complete each aspect at my own pace. I loved the presentation utilizing a textbook, articles and videos to enhance learning. I got valuable feedback and comments on my case study and felt I received personal attention in this class despite it being self study/online. I look forward to pursuing more courses through Therapy Advance!"
- Erika, SLP
"As a special education teacher and case manager, this course offered me the specific training and information I needed to better support my students, their families, and the speech therapist who is managing the AAC for my students. I appreciate the affordability and the self-paced set up of the course. It is perfect for professionals who are working full time but need more training and information on topics specific to their jobs and practice. I also appreciate all of the resources in this course as I have some ideas that I can take back to my classroom and implement soon."
-Donna, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher
"Therapy Advance Course's "Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the School Setting" was a great, self-paced course. This course provided multiple different sources to gain information: books, research articles, videos, podcasts and more. The course was insightful and allowed me to reflect on my skills as a clinician. The instructor was pleasant, supportive and open to any questions. I not only learned a lot but had the opportunity to test out my new knowledge with my clients throughout the course! "
"I am so happy I decided to take this course to enhance my learning of AAC and how to better plan for assessment and intervention for students who benefit from using AAC in the school setting. This class picked up where my graduate program course left off and has increased my knowledge base and confidence as I enter a new school year."- Christy, SLP
"TAC works for my budget and takes into account my time. I am able to complete coursework when it's convenient for me without the hefty price of a graduate course at a university." -Lauren, SLP
"After teaching in the special education field for 17 years , It was recommended I take a course in AAC due to the fact it was not part of my M.ed program. At first I wasn't sure if a course like this would benefit me and I was a little scared to take a graduate course after all these years . I was pleasantly surprised that the readings, articles and videos were interesting and used things I could easily take away and begin to use in my classroom. I even shared an article with a co-worker and it was used in our Monday Memo to discuss. The course was organized and the instructor was helpful and quick to respond when I needed something."
"I enjoyed this self-paced, online course. It was easy to follow and I was able to complete it in the given time. The topic was relevant to my current position and I enjoyed the opportunity to reflect and review on this timely subject."
"I have been putting off taking courses to further move across the guide as I am an SLP working at a public school. I have two young children, and a demanding caseload, but I felt it was time to give it a try. This course was self-paced, and I did not feel overwhelmed at all. I was able to apply what I learned to my sessions, with my AAC users immediately. I look forward to taking more courses to further my education!"
"The Augmentative and Alternative Communication course was very helpful to refresh and enhance my knowledge of high and low-tech AAC devices. The information was relevant and up to date on all current evidence based practices. The course was organized and the assignments were all useful for school-based SLP's, as well as educators and other support staff. I learned several new ideas to incorporate with my students. I was also provided validation that the intervention I was providing to the students was appropriate for my early communicators! This course was able to be completed in a reasonable amount of time, while still working full time. I will be taking more courses!"
"These courses are easy to navigate, filled with great information, affordable, and are designed to be manageable for full-time working school-based professionals. Great courses, great platform, great instructors! Highly recommend."