Necessary Components of Successful AAC, Part 1: Consideration

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB32-AR
Webinar Fee: $49

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If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of 3, the educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. But what are those considerations? What principles should everyone involved be using when making decisions about what technology to select for implementation? Considerations discussed during this session will include the Least Dangerous Assumption, vocabulary selection, vocabulary organization, aided language input, and designed engaging and empowering language opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe the importance of adopting a mindset for which considers options which focuses on selecting what is least restrictive using the principles of the Least Dangerous Assumption and working toward an end result of spontaneous generation of novel utterances.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of motor access, planning, and memory in the consideration of functional augmentative and alternative language systems.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the importance of aided language input in the consideration of functional augmentative and alternative language systems.
  4. Participants will be able to describe which words should be implemented and taught when considering augmentative and alternative language systems.


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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