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Course Description and Learning Objectives
Let’s hear a Woot! Woot! (with an emphasis on the OT) for this week’s episode featuring Instagrammers and AAC enthusiasts, Mara Jonet, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Annabeth Knight, Occupational Therapist (OT) of The Fanny Pack Therapist. This collaborative duo shares their tips and experiences tackling AAC assessment and intervention through the evidence-based practice of interdisciplinary collaboration. Learn how to utilize creative partnerships with your friendly neighborhood OT to fill the gaps in and expand the borders of your scope of competence in AAC service delivery for children with complex needs. Annabeth and Mara are a shining example of “paying it forward” as they describe strategies for creating a mutually beneficial partnership that lends unparalleled benefits for clients and professionals alike. Even Mabel the dog is listening, and so should you! You can learn more about Mara and Annabeth here.
Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor
Identify at least 3 resources which provide evidence supporting an interdisciplinary collaboration approach in evaluation and treatment for children with complex communication needs.
Describe 3 unique roles of each the OT and SLP throughout the AAC and AT service provision process.
Explore gaps in basic competencies for AAC practitioners, and learn at least 4 tangible strategies for enabling practitioner growth through training and collaboration.
Mara Jonet financial disclosures: Mara is employed as a speech language pathologist working in AAC. Mara Jonet’s non-financial disclosures: Mara runs the Instagram account, @thefannypacktherapist, which provides free information on collaborative AAC practice and a minimalist approach to pediatric therapy.
Annabeth Knight financial disclosures: Annabeth is employed as an OT working in AAC. Annabeth Knight non-financial disclosures: Annabeth runs the Instagram account, @thefannypacktherapist, which provides free information on collaborative AAC practice and a minimalist approach to pediatric therapy.
Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast. Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG.
Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.
References & Resources
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National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities. (1992). Guidelines for meeting the communication needs of persons with severe disabilities [Guidelines]. Available from www.asha.org/policy or www.asha.org/njc.
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Topia, M., & Hocking, C. (2012). Enabling development and participation through early provision of augmentative and alternative communication. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59, 24-30.
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Time Ordered Agenda
10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures
20 minutes: Descriptions of resources which provide evidence supporting an interdisciplinary collaboration approach in evaluation and treatment for children with complex communication needs.
15 minutes: Descriptions of unique roles of each the OT and SLP throughout the AAC and AT service provision process
10 minutes: Descriptions of basic competencies for AAC practitioners, and learn at least 4 tangible strategies for enabling practitioner growth through training and collaboration
5 minutes: Summary and Closing
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Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor
Audio File Editing provided by Caitlan Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor
Promotional Content provided by Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor
Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor