Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #58
CE Offered: BACB
Towards a More Meaningful Collaboration: A Frank Discussion on Collaborating around AAC with SLPs and BCBAs
Saturday, May 28, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 255
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Amy Rachel Bukszpan, M.S.
Chair: Amy Rachel Bukszpan (Endicott College, Butterfly Effects)
MELANIE OLSON GILES (Endicott College)
REBEKAH LEE (Endicott College)
VICTORIA BOONE (Endicott College)
Abstract: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems (e.g., communication books of line drawings, computer-based voice output systems) offer individuals with severe communication disabilities increased opportunities for participation in home, school, and community activities. AAC can be life-saving and life-changing for individuals who are nonvocal (whether temporarily or permanently) or who have difficulty developing communication skills. Individuals who may benefit from an AAC system are more likely to acquire and successfully use that system when guided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. This panel will provide an overview of AAC to include a review of basic procedures and applications, answers to frequently asked questions, dispelling common myths (such as whether an AAC system impairs or encourages spoken language skills), addressing how to instruct a learner on becoming a communicator in addition to learning how to use a communication system, discussion of core versus fringe vocabulary and how to determine which is best, aided language stimulation, speech generating and other selection based as compared with topography based systems, teaching functional communication and the role a behavior analyst has in the implementation of this process
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: basic
Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will be able to identify strategies to improve collaboration between SLPs and BCBAs in the selection and programming of AAC devices. 2.Participants will be able to identify the difference between teaching communication skills and teaching use of an AAC system 3. Participants will be able to identify the best types of AAC for an individual based on their communication needs



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