Necessary Components of Successful AAC, Part 2: Intervention

Live Broadcast Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB33-AR
Webinar Fee: $49

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Teaching students how to use language using an augmentative/alternative communication device can be a difficult task. It takes a consistent, collaborative effort to successfully implement a functional language system. In this webinar explores strategies for teaching even the youngest students language by engineering environments so all communicators have opportunities for rich, meaningful practice of language in the context of everyday routines. Participants will take an in-depth look at coaching communication partners and how coaching empowers parents and educators to take ownership of promoting the use of AAC systems in every lesson and activity all day long in all environments.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to create a plan of action for how to plan lessons and embed opportunities to teach language across every environment.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of practiced coaching skills to use with communication partners.
  3. Participants will be able to develop an implementation plan that focuses on sustained training of communication partners.
  4. Participants will be able to describe at least three strategies for teaching language to students.


Christopher Bugaj

Specialized Instructional Facilitator - Assistive Technology
Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP is a founding member the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts The A.T.TIPSCAST (; a multi‐award winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences. Chris is the co‐author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools published by the International Society on Technology in Education (ISTE) and has designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Chris is also the author of ATEval2Go (, an app for iPad that helps professionals in education perform technology assessments for students. Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris co‐produces and co‐authors the popular Night Light Stories podcast ( which features original stories for children of all ages. Chris has presented over 250 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx, all of which are listed at His latest book The New Assistive Tech: Making Learning Awesome For All (, also published by ISTE, is available for order now!
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Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Education & Learning: Early Intervention – 12

Target Audience

AT Professionals, Educators, Family Members, OTs, PTs, SLPs

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

Continuing Education Credits

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Number of hours: 1.5
Number of IACET CEUs: 0.2

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