2016 Nancy McKinley Lecture Series: Topics in AAC {Day 5}
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:19PM
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October is AAC Awareness Month!  All this week I am attending a live webinar series on SpeechPathology.com called:

2016 Nancy McKinley Lecture Series: Topics in AAC


Day 5

iPad Opportunities and AAC

Presenter:  Angela Sterling-Orth, MS, CCC-SLP

Our final topic this week was presented by Angela Sterling-Orth, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  She encouraged us to think about the potential usefulness, and potential pitfalls, of using the iPad as a tool for individuals with complex communication needs.

While Angela could have focused solely on using the iPad as a speech-generating device, she took a broader approach to goals for using an iPad for AAC.  To maximize its potential, we need to think about the individual's entire life - and thinking functional!  For individuals with complex communication needs, potential applications for using the iPad include:

*for an explanation of intelligibility vs. comprehensibility, see my post about Dr. Cumley's talk for Day 2 of this lecture series; Angela noted that "comprehensibility" is the big picture message the individual is trying to communicate is understood, versus the communication partner understanding the intelligibility of individual words spoken

Angela expanded on the idea of Feature Match in assessment (part of the SETT process) covered earlier in the week by Dr. Cumley.  With regards to the iPad, feature match needs to be divided in to two large components:

Ways to trial apps (a must!): 

Some thoughts on avoiding pitfalls of using iPad technology for AAC needs and for engineering success:


It was a great week of AAC webinars!  While I attended the series live, they were all recorded and are now available on SpeechPathology.com (referral link - it won't cost more for you, but I will earn a credit if you decide to sign up).

Here are links to my summaries for the other lectures in the series this week:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

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