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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

2020.  Or 2😬2😬.  However you slice it, this year has presented many SLPs, educators, allied health professionals, and parents or guardians with challenge after challenge.  One of those challenges for many of us has been a rapid, and unexpected transition to telepractice.  Thankfully, there are people out there who have been doing this for a while, who have produced webinars, permanent products, or written dissertations or books.  Lucky for us and our audience, two of these people were generous enough to join us to talk all about their work using telepractice in augmentative alternative communication (AAC).  We are so thrilled to welcome Dr. Nerissa Hall PhD. CCC-SLP, ATP, and Hillary Jellison MS, CCC-SLP, ATP of Commūnicāre, LLC. 

Telepractice, and more specifically, tele-AAC, is emerging as an important service delivery model for individuals with complex communication needs. Although there is information to support the viability and success of tele-AAC when compared to on-site service delivery models, it is critical that practicing clinicians view the range of delivery options as a fluid continuum of care, rather than highly distinct models based on certain individual characteristics. Determining what type of tele-AAC model may be best suited to the individual, their communication partners, and the goal being addressed helps ensure the integrity and quality of services for individuals using AAC. 

Come listen in and learn about the continuum of services that comprise tele-AAC as well as how to apply a feature-matching process to individualize service delivery options and optimize success.  We came away from this conversation with excitement and enthusiasm about how we might apply some of these ideas in our own clinical work, and we think you will too!

Hillary and Nerissa started Commūnicāre in February of 2011 and provide tailored AAC and AT services, including tele-AAC. They offer AAC/AT assessment, intervention, consultation, training, tele-AAC, run an AAC camp and they have a range of information and webinars housed on their three websites (see links below).  You can read their full bio here.  

  1. Identify the four major types of service delivery options
  2. List at least three critical stakeholders involved in tele-AAC service delivery
  3. List three benefits of asynchronous service delivery.

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

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: Kate is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of 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.

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

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Discussion of continuum of Tele-AAC service delivery models

15 minutes:  Discussion of the role of communication partners and stakeholders

10 minutes: Discussion of the importance and benefit of the asynchronous service delivery model

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References and Resources

Anderson, K., Boisvert, M. K., Doneski-Nicol, J., Gutmann, M. L., Hall, N. C., Morelock, C., . . . Cohn, E. R. (2012). Tele-AAC Resolution. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 4(2), 79–82.

Hall, N. C. (2013). An investigation of the efficacy of direct and indirect AAC service provision via telepractice. Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. Paper AAI3589032.

Hall, N., Juengling, J., Gutmann, M., Cohn, E. (2019). Tele-AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication through Telepractice, Plural Publishing, Inc.


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