Multidisciplinary Treatment for Communication and Functional Participation

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 3:30 - 4:30 Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT17-WEB08-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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Collaboration is key to successful communication when using AAC. Barriers to successful AAC use typically include access, positioning, sensory integration, family/school support, and overall participation in multiple environments. These factors are often considered simultaneously and by multiple disciplines during the evaluation for an SGD (speech generating device). Once the SGD arrives SLPs and OTs have unique challenges that are best met in a multidisciplinary treatment model. This webinar describes how to structure AAC therapy using the ICF framework and multidisciplinary treatment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 3 speech/language and 3 OT goals that can be addressed in multidisciplinary sessions within the ICF framework
  2. Discuss three possible solutions to barriers with multidisciplinary sessions.
  3. Explain two connections between cognitive, linguistic, fine, and gross motor abilities that enhance or inhibit successful use of SGDs


Amy Sonntag

SLP/Clinical Assistant Professor
The Ohio State University
Amy Miller Sonntag, M.A., CCC-SLP is currently employed at The Ohio State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Sonntag has worked extensively for 20 years in the Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) field in Ohio and North Carolina providing evaluation, therapy, and consultative services to people with complex communication needs (CCN). She has also served a diverse population of people ages 18 months to adult with a variety of medical diagnoses to aid in enhancing their communication abilities. Prior to her appointment at OSU she was the coordinator of the AAC program at Akron Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she served patients with a variety of speech-language disorders including childhood apraxia of speech, autism, cerebral palsy, and developmental disorders. She has presented at numerous state and national conferences including the ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Convention, ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association), Closing the Gap, North Carolina Assistive Technology Expo, Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association, Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC), regional schools, clinics, and parent groups. Sonntag served on the board of OSSPEAC in a variety of positions including president and was a member of the Board of USSAAC (United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
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Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Target Audience

AT Professionals, Family Members, OTs, PTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Number of hours: 1.0
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.1

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