AAC Multidisciplinary Treatment: Beyond the Therapy Setting


March 14-16, 2017, Pittsburgh


The focus of this 2.5 day seminar will be to provide learners with a theoretical and practical foundation for the use of core vocabulary as it pertains to language and vocabulary development for augmented communicators as well as how to integrate the use of core vocabulary as a primary strategy for targeting communication and language in home and academic settings. Our guest speakers will provide information regarding multidisciplinary therapy approaches to meet the needs of individuals who use AAC, particularly with regard to physical access and team collaboration.  Participants will learn through a mix of direct instruction and hands-on activities. Topics will include vocabulary selection with a focus on core vocabulary, principles and use of Aided Language Stimulation, physical access for SGD use, multidisciplinary treatment options, and building success in the classroom for students who use AAC.


Bruce Baker, PhD

Deborah Laurent Witkowski, MA, CCC-SLP

Tracy M. Kovach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Russell Cross

Amy Miller Sonntag, M.A., CCC-SLP

Lindsay Ripple, MOT, OTR/L

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain why core vocabulary, not extended vocabulary, should be emphasized in AAC intervention.
  2. Describe the relationship between the use of core vocabulary and normal language development.
  3. Describe the difference between a needs-based communication display and a language-based communication display.
  4. Identify the challenges with using a page-based system in an AAC device.
  5. Discuss the impact of motor automaticity in the successful use of AAC devices.
  6. Discuss three reasons why aided language stimulation is an essential AAC implementation strategy
  7. Describe the steps in the progression from a single message voice output switch to a robust core vocabulary system.
  8. List the benefits of 2-switch scanning for learners beginning to scan.
  9. Discuss the differences between various scan methods.
  10. Identify two key differences between referential and descriptive teaching strategies.
  11. Generate linguistically oriented IEP goals and objectives for students who use AAC.


This activity is offered for up to 1.9 CEUs (18.75 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 170316_SCS_Lastname-Firstname.xls
  3. Send both files to ceus@aacinstitute.org
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

Note: If any difficulty is encountered in using this form, write to ceus@aacinstitute.org to request an alternative file format.