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Course Overview

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment is often focused on determining the most appropriate AAC system or device. However, ongoing assessment and measurement of system use are essential to guide interventions that lead to increased communicative competence. A continuum of skill development model can address ongoing assessment in the five areas that define AAC communicative competence. Use of this model increases AAC team members' knowledge and maximizes outcomes for those using AAC. This module discusses the five AAC competency areas and the role of multidisciplinary care to deliver best practice in ongoing assessment.

About the Course Author

Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP discloses the following potential conflict of interests/commercial interests with: Relevant Financial Relationship with Relias LLC as a Salaried Employee; Relevant Non-Financial Relationship with No Entities Exists as a Contributor.
Ashley received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She moved to Raleigh where she completed her internship working with pediatrics in clinical, home, and preschool settings. Following her work with pediatrics, she began work in rehab facilities where she worked with the adult and geriatric population for over 8 years. She is licensed by the State of NC and holds a national Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Ashley has experience with clients from pediatric to geriatric age, with a variety of disorders including articulation/phonological disorders, pragmatics/social communication issues, other developmental and acquired delays, dysphagia, voice and resonance disorders, receptive and expressive language, and cognitive communication disorders. Ashley Johnson, M.S., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


    Intermediate Level

    0.10 ASHA CEUs

  • Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


    Approved for 1.0 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define five essential areas for the development of communicative competence using AAC systems. ; Describe ways to implement evidence-based strategies in ongoing assessment and treatment for patients using AAC systems.\n; Discuss the importance of using a consistent ongoing assessment tool and developing a performance profile to guide intervention planning for patients utilizing AAC systems.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Assessment of Initial AAC Needs
    Case Studies: Three Children
    Definition of AAC
    The Participation Model
    Ongoing AAC Assessment
    Elements of Ongoing Assessment
    Team Coordination for Ongoing Assessment and Intervention
    Case Studies: Three Children
    Section 3: Continued Assessment During Intervention
    Defining Communicative Competence Using AAC
    Models for a Continuum of Skills in AAC
    Components of a Continuum of Skill Development Model in AAC
    Case Studies: Three Children
    Section 4: Clinical Vignettes
    Meet Debbie
    Meet George
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Course Contributor
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.