Augmentative and Alternative Communication for IDD

 

Quality of life is impacted by a person’s ability to effectively communicate with others. Some people with disabilities are unable to communicate even their most basic needs to other people. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems can enable individuals with communication disabilities to express themselves effectively. This course will introduce different types of aided and unaided AAC, as well as high- and low-technology options to assist people with communication disabilities. This course will also review challenges to adopting AAC as well as how support staff can encourage the appropriate use of AAC.

$22.00

Hours: 1.00 - 1.75
REL-IDD-0-ACS

Certificates

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California Department of Social Services Adult Residential Facilities

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Adult Residential Facilities.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-735-2
Approval # 224-0143-29470

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Group Homes

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Group Homes.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-730-2
Approval # 224-0143-29474

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

1.0 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program Continuing Education training courses.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-733-2
Approval # 224-0143-29525

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program Continuing Education training courses.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-733-2
Approval # 224-0143-29525

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

Behavioral Intervention Certification Council

1.0 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is a BICC Approved CE Provider.

This course aligns with C-19 on the BCAT Task List.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)

1.75 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CE1832204

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)

1.0 HOURS


Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-ACS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify different types of AAC systems and how they can be utilized by people with communication disabilities.
Describe different communication abilities and how AAC enables or enhances these abilities for people with disabilities.
Differentiate between aided and unaided AAC systems that can be used by people with communication disabilities.
List challenges to AAC adoption, and how support staff can address these challenges.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
A. Sookie’s Dilemma
B. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
C. Communication Basics
D. Expressive and Receptive Communication
E. Types of Communication Abilities
F. Why is AAC Important for People with Disabilities?
G. Review
H. Summary

Section 3: Unaided Augmentative and Alternative Communication
A. Unaided AAC
B. Body Language
C. Review
D. Case Study: Luke
E. Sign Communication
F. Summary

Section 4: Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication
A. Aided AAC
B. Low-Tech Aided AAC
C. Picture Communication
D. Picture Exchange Communication Systems
E. Tangible Symbol Systems
F. High-Tech Aided AAC
G. Communication Display
H. Speech-Generating Devices
I. Review
J. Summary

Section 4: Challenges with AAC
A. Challenges with Adopting an AAC System
B. DSP’s role in AAC
C. Paying for AAC Devices
D. Review
E. Summary

Section 5: Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Congratulations!
C. Course Contributors
D. Resources
E. References
F. Exam
G. Brainsparks

Instructor: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services.  Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Rhonda Davin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years of experience in the fields of developmental disabilities and autism. She has served the field as a teacher, college professor, consultant and expert witness. She started Behavior Consulting Services which provided direct behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families. She has supervised and mentored several behavior analysts and service providers currently practicing in the field today. Dr. Davin has also provided technical assistance for large scale organizational change efforts in the area of Positive Behavior Supports.  Disclosure: Rhonda Davin, Ph.D., BCBA-D has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
Relias Learning will be transparent in disclosing if any commercial support, sponsorship or co-providership is present prior to the learner completing the course.
Relias Learning has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias Learning will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias Learning at [email protected]
All courses offered by Relias Learning, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
Accommodations
If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support by calling (800) 381-2321 or emailing [email protected]