IC06: 1/2day - Evidence-based AAC Strategies for Autism and Developmental Disabilities for Early Intervention to Advanced Language Training

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructors: Barbara Weber, Oliver Wendt, & Sara Pendleton-Krause
  Early Bird
(Open to
June 8)
(June 9 to
July 2)
(July 3 to
July 15)
Member $160 $190 $205
Non-Member $210 $260 $270
Student $160 $160 $160
Primary Subject Area: OUT: Service Delivery, Outcomes, & Measurement
Content Level
This workshop focuses on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental disabilities. A core symptom includes a “delay in, or total lack of, the development of spoken language”. Approximately 30-50% of these individuals are functionally non-verbal. The presenters will familiarize the audience with strategies to implement AAC into daily activities in and outside classroom and clinic. The audience will see a comprehensive intervention approach from targeting functional communication to enhancing early speech and language, while developing social interaction simultaneously. The aim is to target a variety of communicative functions by blending behavioral and naturalistic strategies.


IC06 Presentation Handout

IC06 References Handout

IC06 Materials Handout


Potomac Room VI, Ballroom Level

How to Register

This course is being offered during the pre-conference session of RESNA 2018. A separate fee is required for all pre-conference sessions. To register, click on the "Registration" and choose one of the following options:
  • Full Conference with Pre-Conference Option - if you wish to register for this course as well as the full, three-day conference
  • One-Day Conference (Wed., Thurs., or Fri.) with Pre-Conference Option - if you wish to register for this course as well as one day of the conference
  • Pre-Conference Only - if you wish to only register for this course
Please note that this course may be cancelled if registration numbers are low.


Registration Deadline : Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Describe how to engage parents in early AAC intervention efforts.
  2. Outline the pros and cons of a variety of AAC strategies to facilitate functional communication skills, and enhance natural speech production.
  3. Explain the pros and cons of behavioral versus naturalistic intervention models for early language AAC intervention.
  4. Identify key steps in a comprehensive speech and language intervention model to move from initial communication to social-pragmatic training.

Course Sections: 

Time in Minutes

(8hr example)

Learning Outcomes to Be Addressed


Instructional Design:  

Presentation Format, Activities Planned, AV used

5 min

Introductions & Overview

Oliver Wendt

Lecture. PowerPoint

60 min

Outcome # 1

Early Intervention/Parent Training

Barbara Weber

Lecture. Demonstration. PowerPoint. Videos

60 min 

Outcome # 2

Functional Communication and Speech Production

Oliver Wendt

Lecture. Demonstration. PowerPoint. Videos

45min: 20 minute lecture, 25 minute activity

Outcome # 3

Early Language Learning

Barbara Weber

Audience Participation in Planning Activity for case study, Lecture. Demonstration. PowerPoint. Videos

60min: 40 minutes lecture, second audience participation activity.

Outcome #4

Social Interaction and Social Language

Oliver Wendt

Barbara Weber

Lecture. Demonstration. PowerPoint. Videos




Oliver Wendt

Barbara Weber

Extended Moderator facilitated discussion


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