In this session, Laura Kessel, a speech-language pathologist and AAC specialist, discussed how to develop and utilize an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Implementation Plan to support communication across activities or settings. Crucial components of this plan include descriptions of tools and strategies used with an individual, detailed communicative expectations for specific activities across an individual's day, and determination of team members' various responsibilities regarding the AAC system. An AAC Implementation Plan can be used as a framework for team discussion, a training resource, and a launching point for data collection.
Laura Kessel, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP, is a speech-language pathologist and an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) specialist. She received her RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification in 2015. She is currently the AAC Specialist for the Public Schools of Brookline, MA, serving students ages 3-22, as well as an AAC/ AT Consultant for AT for Education. During prior roles at Easter Seals of MA and ATECH Services in NH, Laura worked with clients of all ages across a variety of settings, seeing clients at their homes, schools, and day rehabilitation or vocational environments. Recently, she served as the Assistive Technology Liaison for the Let’s Participate! Project at the Early Learning Center in Malden, Massachusetts, a grant-funded model demonstration project run by FHI360.
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Phone #: 866-668-0721
Conference Code: 2934 42 2503