LIVE Webinar: Best Practices in AAC Assessment: Steps to Selecting Appropriate Communication Systems

Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP

Monday – February 6, 2023

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to
 webinar (Jan. 23, 2022). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

When a child isn’t speaking or when speech doesn’t meet all of his or her communication needs across environments, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may be appropriate. However, there are literally hundreds of apps, speech generating devices, low-tech, and no-tech strategies available to help children who are unable to communicate effectively using their speech. Selection of an inappropriate system can lead to limited success or in some cases, system abandonment. How does one ensure selection of an appropriate communication system? With a feature-matching AAC assessment!

In this interactive, beginner-level, full-day workshop, participants will be provided with an overview of the AAC assessment process, learn about different access methods, see a variety of assessment instruments appropriate for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN), participate in interactive labs, watch video models, and problem-solve case studies. Report writing, funding, school-based assessment, and strategies for conducting remote assessments will also be included.


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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Participants will list four communication assessment tools appropriate for children with complex communication needs.
  • Participants will describe three alternate access methods for children with physical impairments who cannot point or touch icons with a finger.
  • Participants will summarize at least four features of speech generating devices (SGD) that should be matched to the child during an assessment.
  • Participants will name at least three funding sources for SGDs.

Target Audience: 

Speech Language Pathologists

Course Level 



Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP & Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP

Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP has over 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs. She is the owner and director of Technology and Language Center where she specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services via telepractice. Dr. Senner presents lectures on AAC topics online and around the world, has published research articles and textbook chapters on AAC, and is an adjunct professor of speech-language pathology at DePaul University.

Jill receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Jill has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP has been working with AAC for over 15 years. He currently is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) performing evaluations, trainings and coaching communication partners. Matthew also has his own AAC private practice working with individuals with complex communication needs from birth through adulthood. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Xavier University where he teaches a graduate course in AAC and has presented at national and state conferences. Matthew has published research in the areas of AAC.

Matt receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Matt has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

LIVE On-Line Webinar
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00-9:15am – Evaluating Speech and Language in Children with Complex Communication Needs

9:15-9:30 – Remote Assessment Considerations

9:30-9:45 – Language Sampling in AAC

9:45-10:00 – Break

10:00-11:15 – Evaluating Access in Children with Physical Impairments

11:15-11:30 – Demonstration – Motor Access in AAC

11:30-12:00pm – Case Study

12:00-12:45 – Lunch

12:45-2:00 – Feature Matching in AAC

2:00-2:15 – Funding AAC Systems

2:15-2:45 – Report Writing for AAC Funding Sources

2:45-3:00 – Reflection, Resources & References, Question & Answer


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

A post-test will be required at the conclusion of the webinar.


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Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Jan. 23, 2023

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

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