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Fundamentals of AAC Assessment and Intervention

Presented by Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP
Registration Fee: $247 for Speech-Language Pathologists

Live Course Dates:

September 24th, 2022 – 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM EST

September 25th, 2022 – 11:00 AM – 3:15 PM EST

*** RECORDING WILL BE AVAILABLE September 26th, 2022

After this course, you will be able to…

  • Describe components of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment process, including the roles of members.
  • Identify AAC intervention strategies and described when to use them to meet a user’s specific needs (e.g., visual, motor, cognitive abilities).
  • Explain features of alternate access methods and how these access methods meet a user’s specific needs.


  • 0-20 minutes: Introduction
  • 20-160 minutes: Neuroanatomy
  • 160-190 minutes: Cognition and Language
  • 190-230 minutes: Neurology Diagnostics
  • 230-305 minutes: Impairments and Diagnoses
  • 305-370 minutes: Assessment
  • 370-410 minutes: Treatment
  • 410-565 minutes: Case Application
  • 565-570 minutes: Take Home Messages


Time Ordered Agenda:
September 24th – Day 1

  • 11:00-11:15 AM EST: Introduction & Disclosures  
  • 11:15-12:00 PM EST: Intro to AAC – Terms & Definitions
  • 12:00-1:00 PM EST: AAC Systems
  • 1:00-1:15 PM EST: Break
  • 1:15-1:55 PM: Assessment for Pediatrics
  • 1:55-2:35 PM: Assessment for Adults
  • 2:35-2:55 PM: Alternate Access Methods
  • 2:55-3:15 PM: Day 1 Conclusion and Q&A 

September 25th – Day 2

  • 11:00-11:15 AM EST: Review
  • 11:15-12:00 PM EST: Fundamentals of Pediatric Intervention
  • 12:00-12:40 PM EST: Fundamentals of Adult Intervention
  • 12:40-1:20 PM EST: Customization & Modification Strategies
  • 1:20-1:35 PM EST-Break
  • 1:35-215 PM EST: Setting Specific AAC Assessment/Intervention
  • 2:15-2:55 PM EST: Case Studies
  • 2:55-3:15 PM EST: Day 2 Conclusion and Q&A


Day 1
0-15 minutes:  Introduction & Disclosures  
15-60 minutes: Intro to AAC – Terms & Definitions
60-120 minutes: AAC Systems
120-160 minutes: Assessment for Pediatrics (40)
160-200 minutes: Assessment for Adults (40)
200-220 minutes: Alternate Access Methods (20)
220-240 minutes: Day 1 Conclusion and Q&A (20)

September 25th – Day 2
0-15 minutes: 11:00-11:15 AM EST: Review
15-60 minutes: 11:15-12:00 PM EST: Fundamentals of Pediatric Intervention
60-100 minutes: 12:00-12:40 PM EST: Fundamentals of Adult Intervention
100 – 140 minutes: 12:40-1:20 PM EST: Customization & Modification Strategies
140-180 minutes: Setting Specific AAC Assessment/Intervention (40)
180-220 minutes: Case Studies (40)
220-240 minutes: Day 2 Conclusion and Q&A

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Michael Groher is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.  Dr. Groher has spent the majority of his career working as a medical speech pathologist in acute and long-term care settings. The majority of hospital work was done for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Seattle/Tacoma, New York, and Tampa. He is best known for his research and clinical work with patients who have swallowing disorders. The majority of his work is summarized in three texts: Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Management (Three editions), Introduction to Adult Swallowing Disorders, and Clinical Management of Dysphagia in Adults and Children, third edition, Elsevier 2020.  Dr. Groher is an ASHA Fellow, has received Honors from ASHA, and is a past founding associate editor for the journal Dysphagia. He is an honorary member of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation.


  • Speaker fees from “Medical SLP Education”
  • Consulting fee from Nippon Dental University
  • Royalties from Medbridge, Inc and Elsevier Publishers
  • No non-financial disclosures.

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