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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) (Part 1)

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Presented By: Marie Stirling, MScA, MEd, R-SLP(C)

Presenter Bio
Marie Stirling has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in Newfoundland for 29 years. The first eight years of her career were spent in the healthcare field, working primarily with preschoolers. For the last 21 years, she has been in the education system, working with students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, with the primary focus on grades K to 6. Marie has worked with students with a variety of communication disorders, and has a particular interest, and extensive experience, in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

Presentation Overview
This webinar is the first in a 2-part series focused on supporting communication skills in learners with ASD and diverse needs. Part 1 in this series, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, will include the following topics:

  1. What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?
  2. How do children learn language?
  3. How do children learn AAC?
  4. What is our goal for our AAC learners?
  5. How do we decide what vocabulary to start with?
  6. How do we know when someone is ready for an AAC system?


Serving Children & Youth Who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing/Blind or Visually Impaired