Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM)! We’ve rounded up a list of our Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) webinars you can register for to learn more about communication disorders and how to help people with hearing and speech disabilities. If you are looking for more ways to celebrate BHSM, check out American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s resources.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation | June 20, 2017
    There are many ABC books to cover lots of interest areas & span the range of ages. A wide variety of students can relate to them, create custom ones, sing them, sign them, & repeat them over & over again. Alphabet books can connect literacy to communication & give us a purpose to chat. These books set a purpose for a parent to talk with their child, a teacher to start a lesson or a child to reads by themselves. They are prolific & YOU can be using more in your language learning! Join Kelly & learn how to put more ABCs into your AAC!


  • AAC and Stories: Let’s Get Personal | October 4, 2017
    Learn why and how to use personal stories/narratives with students who communicate through AAC, including switch-users. Build concepts about self while working on early literacy/communication skills. Personal core can reinforce universal core through transitional texts with repeated lines (e.g., predictable charts). Learn how to use recipes to make Tarheel Reader stories accessible to all students. Import these stories into Pictello and re-read offline using higher quality voices. Import photos/PDFs/PPTs into Explain Everything and use screencasting tools to visually magnify elements or to add recordings. Export Explain Everything stories as videos and add as a button action in GoTalkNOW or TouchChat.

Archived Webinars:

  • Introduction to the Communication Matrix (Part 1 of 3)
    In part one of this three-part webinar series, we’ll introduce the Communication Matrix, an online tool to assess the communication skills of students with complex communication needs. Developed by Charity Rowland and Oregon Health Sciences University, the free, online matrix yields a detailed description of the expressive communication skills of any individual functioning at or below the two-year level. In addition to the Matrix itself, we will examine supplemental materials and options that can be accessed from the website at


  • Apps for Apraxia of Speech
    To meet the needs of a large and diverse caseload, school therapists can turn to the thousands of available apps. In this webinar, we’ll discuss guidelines to evaluate apps designed for individuals with apraxia. We’ll also discuss how to use these apps in your practice.


  • AAC, Positive Reinforcement and Positive Behavior Supports
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems have a long history of being misunderstood by the individuals who are asked to use AAC to caregivers and professionals who serve them. An AAC system provides an avenue to express requests, feelings, comments, suggestions or ask questions. AAC systems can include supports for appropriate behavior to inform or reduce anxiety. Positive reinforcement provides a pleasant consequence to a certain behavior and has been shown to be most beneficial in creating positive outcomes in behavior. This training looks at combining AAC with positive reinforcement and positive supports for successful outcomes.


  • Apps for Articulation and Phonological Processes
    To meet the needs of a large diverse caseload, school therapists can turn to the thousands of available apps. In this webinar, we’ll review apps designed for individuals with articulation and phonological processing disorders. We’ll discuss use of the apps within your practice as well as data collection options.


  • Come Join the Communication Matrix Community of Practice (Part 3 of 3)
    The Communication Matrix Community of Practice is an online virtual community developed to share information about the Communication Matrix and provide additional resources. This session will provide an overview of the Community of Practice, its features and use and a summary of the types of information and data that can be acquired from the Community site.


  • Chat with Me: Pragmatic Skill Intervention in Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
    The acquisition of social skills is an important factor in the successful integration of individuals with disabilities. Social skills are critical for successful academic inclusion as well as competitive employment. In this webinar the results from a social skills intervention study will be discussed. In addition, a number of evidence-based strategies for teaching social skills will be reviewed and customizations to a core vocabulary will be demonstrated to illustrate inclusion of vocabulary necessary to perform a variety of pragmatic functions.


  • Creating Communication Competence for People with Severe Impairments
    Working with individuals with complex physical, cognitive, and visual needs can be daunting. This webinar will walk you through starting with single switch activation for non-communicative means (i.e. cause and effect skills) and building upon single switch activation to create robust communication experiences. This single switch activation can lead to many levels of communication on low and high tech AAC systems, especially when auditory scanning methodologies are applied. This webinar will also discuss these varying levels of communication and the importance of multidisciplinary treatment to make this possible.


  • Partner Augmented Input: Modeling AAC in the Classroom Part 1
    This beginner-level webinar is the first in a two-part series on partner-augmented input (PAI) in the classroom. Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input, also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for individuals who use AAC. There are multiple benefits of modeling AAC use, but how can this be done effectively in the classroom? In this session, attendees will participate in a variety of interactive training elements that will help them learn to provide partner augmented input for their students who use AAC. For those who are already familiar with the technique, this webinar can help fine tune existing modeling skills. Part I will cover commitment to strategy, strategy description and strategy demonstration. It is recommended that participants videotape themselves working with a student using AAC and review the video prior to attending Part 1.


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