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Assistive Technology for Communication

Young girl using communication boardThe purpose of this course is to raise awareness of the benefits and applications of assistive technology to support communication for young children with disabilities. This training is designed to provide a general overview of AT for communication. Additional resources are available if the learner chooses to follow the links to learn more. Samples and case studies are given as examples of how AT can be utilized to enhance the communication of young children. 


Maureen Melonis, MSN, CCC-SLP & Brian Burne, MSM, OTR​​

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of the importance of communication and the diversity of how we all communicate.
  2. Define Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) systems and provide examples of no-tech, low-tech and high-tech.
  3. Identify the three key factors of AAC and communication success.
  4. Identify general strategies for increasing communication (no-tech AT strategies).
  5. Identify when and why AAC should be considered and learn about resources for devices and services. 

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for professionals who are working with infants and toddlers age birth through two in the Part C system, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, early childhood educators, mental health professionals and service coordinators. 


This course should take the user around 45-60 minutes to complete, depending on user pace and exploration of links and available resources. 


**For $99 you can register for the Full 4 Course Early Intervention Moodle Track where you can access this training along with 3 other Early Intervention Moodle Courses. A savings of $17!