Recorded: August 24, 2022
We learn language by having language modeled. Aided Language Stimulation (ALS) is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in the field of AAC, and it is often one of the first strategies suggested when beginning AAC with individuals with Complex Communication Needs. In this webinar, we will learn why modeling symbolic communication is so vital to AAC users and why it is so hard to implement.
We will also learn simple techniques to teach communication partners how to implement ALS into their everyday routines and curricula in the home, community, and school environments. It may sound like an easy thing to do; however, in reality, our teachers, para’s, and parents are struggling with this strategy. Model, Model, Model! Let’s learn how to model with Aided Language Stimulation and make it as easy as it sounds!
As a result of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Cite 2 research examples that support aided language practice.
- Describe and put into practice at least one method of aided language in their home, school, or program.
- Locate a minimum of 2 internet resources for guidance as they put aided language into practice related to their specific AAC system and/or the needs of their individual with CCN.
Sharon Redmon, is a SPED, GenEd teacher and AT Specialist with over 20 years of experience. She holds an M.S. in Adaptive Education: Assistive Technology from St. Norbert College and ATP from RESNA. Sharon’s passion for AT and especially AAC began with her first teaching assignment in WI where she became involved in WATI and continues today with the WI AAC Network school committee and founding member of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Regional Networks (WATRN). Her varied career placements within WI, WA, and overseas schools have given her a unique perspective on how GenEd, UDL, AT, and AAC intertwine.