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Technically Speaking: A Closer Look at How to Increase Positive Outcomes with High-Tech AAC

January 13 | 12:00 PM CST | 60 minutes

This session is a follow-up to “Reverse the Curse…” presented in April 2022 where device abandonment and prompt dependency were defined in order to help you identify the signs and symptoms. Now let’s move beyond the basic solutions and get technical. Learn how to adjust software settings and choose vocabulary targets that will decrease problem behavior and increase motivation. Plenty of video examples will be shared once again.

Presenter Information

Presenter: Ann Bedard Speech-Language Pathologist/ Assistive Technology Specialist @ EASTCONN

Relevant Financial Relationship: Ann is a salaried employee at EASTCONN, a regional education service center located in Hampton, CT. Her work is partially funded by the Connecticut Tech Act Project.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Ann helps facilitate a statewide AT/AAC Community of Practice.

Presenter Biography: For over a decade, Ann has worked as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) consultant across Eastern Connecticut schools (and beyond thanks to Zoom), to collaborate with and train educational teams in regards to selection and implementation of AAC in the educational environment. Prior to working with the Assistive Technology Team, Ann worked in the EASTCONN Related Services Group as a full-time school-based SLP. Ann also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the university’s Center for Adaptive Technology. She is grateful for having gotten the opportunity to work with individuals with special needs from birth through post-secondary education. She and her husband have an 8 year-old daughter and 4 year-old son.

Session Information


  • Intro (2 minutes)
  • Surveys (3 minutes)
  • Dwell Time/Hold Duration (10 minutes)
  • Ignore Repeat/ Repeat Tap Delay (10 minutes)
  • Display & Brightness (5 minutes)
  • Guided Access (10 minutes)
  • Screen Time Restrictions (5 minutes)
  • Preference Assessment (5 minutes)
  • Shaping Behavior (10 minutes)

Learner Outcomes

  • Identify how adjust software settings to reduce problem behavior
  • Identify how to choose appropriate vocabulary targets
  • Identify strategies used within video examples

Cost: Free

Audience: Assistants, Public/Consumers, Students, Early Career Professionals, Related Professionals, International Affiliates, Speech-language Pathologists

Topic Area: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals, Speech Sound Disorders in Children with Normal Hearing

ASHA CEU Information

ASHA CEU Requirements: Must complete the post webinar assessment with 80% accuracy. Unlimited attempts are allowed. Partial credit is not available. The Assessment must be completed within one week of the end of the session.

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