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School of Medicine Columbia

AAC Modeling

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


Participants must register to receive the webinar video link and transcript.

About the Program

We spend a lot of time in the evaluation process and everything that leads up to getting an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) device.  When we get an AAC device, tool, or support, how can we help the user learn to communicate with it? What exactly is meant by “modeling” with AAC?  

Target Audience: This webinar is for individuals with family members of a person with a disability, service providers, and anyone who wants to learn about modeling in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC).

Participants will learn:

  1. Augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) modeling with low and high tech AAC 
  2. Communication partner strategies for using an AAC device  
  3. Cues to provide the user that will encourage use and not dependency  

About the Presenters

Rachell Johnson photo.

Rachell Johnson, MCD., CCC-SLP, ATP  SCATP Program Manager  

Rachell is the program manager for the SC Assistive Technology Program.  She received a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of South Carolina. She has 17 years of experience in speech-language pathology and has been working with assistive technology since 2011, specializing in eye gaze evaluations and treatment. She is an ASHA certified and a RESNA certified ATP. Rachell has served as an AT consultant for persons of all ages in Minnesota and was previously serving as the Assistive Technology Program Manager for the DC Maryland and Virginia Chapter of the ALS Association, helping to open one of the nation's first free standing AT clinics for those with ALS. She has three journal publications and has presented at seven national AT conferences and other state conferences for AAC and AT. 



CART captioning is provided for all SCATP webinars. If you need an additional accommodation to participate, please contact us at least one week prior to the webinar via e-mail or by phone at 803-935-5263. 

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