Augmentative and alternative communication assessment is often focused on determining the most appropriate AAC system or device; however, ongoing assessment and progress measurement of system use are essential to guide interventions that lead to increased communicative competence. Using a continuum of skill development model for ongoing assessment in four areas that define AAC communicative competence increases AAC team members’ knowledge, facilitates team functioning and efficiency, and maximizes outcomes for those using AAC. It is important to understand the four AAC competency areas and the multidisciplinary nature of AAC that is recognized as best practice in ongoing assessment. The AAC teams should use a continuum model as a tool for ongoing assessment, coordination of information, and intervention planning that reflects a range and progression in development of skills and abilities toward communicative competency in AAC.
The goal of this ongoing assessment of augmentative and alternative communication continuing education program is to inform speech-language pathologists and other AAC team members about the use of objective ongoing assessment using a continuum of skill development model that results in more effective and coordinated intervention strategies and development of communicative competence for people, particularly children, using AAC systems. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define four areas important to the development of communicative competence using AAC systems
- Describe ways in which speech-language pathologists and team members are informed of and implement evidence-based strategies in ongoing assessment and intervention planning for those using AAC systems
- Discuss the importance of using a consistent ongoing assessment tool and developing a performance profile that guides intervention planning for those using AAC systems
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Tracy M. Kovach, PhD, SLP, CCC, is currently in private practice in the Denver, Colo., area. Dr. Kovach has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this educational activity.
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