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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


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


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

Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) and a Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) certified assistive technology professional (ATP) with almost 10 years of clinical experience in AAC, neurogenic communication disorders, motor speech disorders, and aural rehabilitation assessment and intervention across the lifespan. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Virtual Clinic Coordinator in the Katz School for Science and Health at Yeshiva University, the Educational Program Developer at Forbes AAC, and a paid mentor for the Medical SLP Collective. She serves on the ASHA SIG 2 (Neurogenic Communication Disorders) Professional Development Committee and is certified in SPEAK OUT! and LSVT Loud. Katie has presented at the state and national level on topics related to motor speech disorders, AAC, and aural rehabilitation and has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is currently a Doctor of Education student at Rockhurst University with a concentration in Higher Education, expected graduation in May, 2025. When not engaging in teaching, scholarship, and service, Katie likes to travel, spend time with her family and friends, golf, and go to sporting events cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arkansas Razorbacks. 

Financial Disclosures:
Receives payment from MedSLP Education for this presentation
Paid full-time employee at Forbes AAC (Educational Program Developer)
Receives payment from the Medical SLP Collective as a mentor

Non-Financial Disclosures:
Member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA), and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISSAC)

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