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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

So many of us still feel as though we’ve been thrown in the deep end of telepractice without much notice at all.  Sometimes it really feels like we are splashing around in our clothes, trying to learn how to swim, (or at least keep from drowning!) with this new way of delivering speech and language services to our clients.  Maybe you’ve learned a bit - you can doggy paddle - but are starting to hit some roadblocks, or you just feel like you are ready to move your services to the next level but aren’t quite sure how to get there.

Enter Nerissa Hall PhD. CCC-SLP, ATP, and Hillary Jellison MS, CCC-SLP, ATP of Commūnicāre, LLC.  Not only are they SLPs who are experienced in AAC teletherapy, but they are also incredibly generous with their time and knowledge.  They’ve come back to SLP Nerdcast to answer some listener questions about troubleshooting engagement and behavior within tele-AAC sessions.  Do you wish you knew more about how to set the stage for success before your session even begins?  Would knowing more about both tech and non-tech strategies to support your client’s interest and participation in your teleAAC sessions be helpful?  Well, this is the episode for you!  Tune in to learn about these topics and more!

  1. Detail at least two on-site elements that are not necessarily replicated in virtual settings
  2. List at least three ways to support engagement in a live, synchronous session 
  3. List at least three on-site tools that can be used to support engagement and/or participation


Course Presenters

Hilary Jellison, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP & Nerissa Hall, PhD., CCC-SLP, ATP

Managing partners, Hillary Jellison and Nerissa Hall started Commūnicāre, LLC in February of 2011. They were determined to create an organization dedicated to helping individuals with different abilities and their teams be as independent, successful, and fulfilled as possible through access to individually tailored AAC and/or AT supports. They work with some of the best in the field to be innovative, creative, and collaborative within Commūnicāre, LLC and extended into the communities in which the team works.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Nerissa Hall financial disclosures:  Nerissa is paid to provide consultation, intervention, training and assessments in the areas of AAC, AT and tele-AAC. Nerissa Hall non-financial disclosures: Nerissa is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups 12 and 18 (AAC and Telepractice) and RESNA

Hillary Jellison financial disclosures: Hillary is paid to provide consultation, intervention, training and assessments in the areas of AAC, AT and tele-AAC. Hillary Jellison non-financial disclosures: Hillary is a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Groups 12 and 18 (AAC and Telepractice) and RESNA

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.



Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes:  Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:   Review of how to replicate on-site elements into a tele-practice environment

15 minutes:   Review and discussion of ways to support engagement in a live, synchronous session

10 minutes:   Review and discussion of on-site tools that can support tele-engagement

5 minutes:  Closing Remarks



References and Resources

The AAC Camp Curriculum is available on the Communicare, LLC website



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated. We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material. We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle. That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared. If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!




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