Meet the Speakers

Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kate Grandbois

Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA with 13 years of clinical experience working in private practice, outpatient clinics, outpatient hospital settings, and consulting to private schools and legal teams. She specializes in augmentative alternative communication, autism and associated disorders, language development, and integrating AAC into the educational/vocational programming of persons with behavioral needs. 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.

Speech and Language Pathologist

Amy Wonkka

Amy has worked as a speech language pathologist in the Northeast and Midwest. Prior to becoming an SLP she worked for several years as a 1:1 paraprofessional and home service provider for individuals with complex communication needs. She has experience in home-based, public school, nonpublic school, and outpatient environments. Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of Grandbois Therapy and Consulting and 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.

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: 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.

Course Description & Learning Objectives

This course reviewed the purpose of AAC evaluation documentation and the components of a well written AAC evaluation.  This course also reviewed the role of data collection and how they relate to results and recommendations within AAC evaluations.  Finally, this course reviewed ethical considerations throughout the evaluation and funding process.

  1. Identify the purpose of AAC evaluation documentation.

  2. Identify the components of a well written AAC evaluation.

  3. Identify the role of data collection and how it relates to results and recommendations.

  4. Describe ethical considerations throughout the evaluation and funding process.

Time Ordered Agenda

5 minutes: Introductions and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Review of the purpose of AAC evaluation documentation.

20 minutes:  Review of the components of a well written AAC evaluation.

20 minutes: the role of data collection and how it relates to results and recommendations.

20 minutes:  Review of the ethical considerations throughout the evaluation and funding process.

5 minutes: Closing and questions

Disclosures

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!