45 Immersive AAC Classroom’s Effect on Vocabulary and AAC Use

Thursday, May 9, 2019 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Live Broadcast
Webinar Code: AT19-WEB03-LB
Webinar Fee: $49

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Research supports using AAC with nonverbal individuals with ASD but discrepancies persist between the language modality of AAC users and the primary language models of their language-learning environment. We investigated the impact of an immersive, speech-generating classroom on language acquisition rates of school-age children with ASD compared to traditional treatment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify three characteristics of an immersive AAC classroom
  2. Participants will be able to identify the immersive classroom's effect on four aspects of language development.
  3. Participants will be able to explain two differing outcomes between immersive AAC classroom participants and the control group.


Lindsey Paden Cargill

Director of Therapy Services; Speech-Language Pathologist
Bridgeway Academy
Lindsey is a speech-language pathologist and the Director of Therapy Services at Bridgeway Academy, an education and therapy center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsey received her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Florida, and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, TBI and global delays in out-patient clinics, school-based settings and in the home. She is enthusiastic about applying research and best practices to the facilitation of language development through Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Lindsey has extensive presenting experience at many national and international conferences in the United States and United Kingdom. She maintains membership in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and with the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
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Allison Bean Ellawadi

Associate Professor
The Ohio State University
Allison is an assistant professor at OSU. She received her B.A. from Iona College and her M.S. from New York Medical College in Speech-Language Pathology. During her clinical fellowship year at Westchester Institute for Human Development, Allison participated in the Leadership in Education and Neurodevelopemental Disabilities (LEND) training program. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa in 2010, followed by a year of postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Allison teaches courses on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Introduction to Communication and Its Disorders and Research Methods. Her research focuses on language development in individuals with autism spectrum disorders and the role of domain-general processes in language development. She has presented her work at national and international conferences.
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Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

Educators, OTs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

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