Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Methods for Home & Community

Program Description

Child's hands holding three pictures. One on left is a figure of a person that says I (me). Middle picture is two hands that says want. The picture on the right is an apple.

Recorded: September 6, 2023 – Too often families and caregivers struggle with how to carry over augmentative communication with their child/adult in the home or community.  Taking it outside of the therapeutic environment can seem challenging, and at times, overwhelming.  This session will discuss strategies and resources to do just this.  Making communication natural, fun, and functional helps motivate both the augmentative communication user and the people that are supporting them, ultimately helping to make their communication more purposeful, meaningful, independent, and effective.

Presenter

Linda Bonnar, M.A., CCC-SLP/ATP – Linda is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Professional with more than 30 years of experience. She is the director of Communication Pathways, Pine Tree Society’s speech language and Assistive Technology program. Prior to joining the agency as a Speech/Language Pathologist in 1996, Linda also worked at Pine Tree Camp, where she spent 16 summers.

She is a frequent lecturer and mentor for new professionals in the field and has carried her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Correction from the University of Maine Farmington, her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders from the University of Maine Orono and her assistive technology professional certificate from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. 

Resources

Resources discussed in webinar:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Methods for Home & Community PowerPoint – PDF

Rev: 10/3/2023