RST CE Seminars

4th Virtual Grand Rounds, “AAC – The Components of Augmentative and Alternative Communication” P218.10”

Recorded March 8, 2010

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Andrew F. Jinks, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP

Andy is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Augmentative Communication Specialist in the Speech-Language Pathology Department of UPMC Mercy Hospital and Center for Rehabilitation Services. He provides augmentative communication evaluations, training and therapy through the UPMC Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He has 30 years of clinical practice experience providing diagnostic and therapy services to adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing impairments. He teaches graduate coursework in the area of augmentative communication. Research interests are in development and application of augmentative communication service delivery; telerehabilitation; and prosthetic memory devices

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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This presentation will explain the four components of augmentative and alternative communication service delivery: symbols, devices, strategies and techniques. Topics covered will include: symbol types and sets; the history and development of AAC devices and systems; device characteristics; communicative purposes and strategies; selection techniques; assessment protocols; and intervention approaches/issues.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Delineate aided and unaided symbol systems
  • Understand a historical perspective of the development of speech generating devices
  • Identify important device characteristics and specifications
  • Understand the benefits of coding and rate enhancement strategies
  • Recognize different selection techniques
  • Identify components of an AAC assessment
  • Understand integration of AAC and AT solutions
  • Recognize types of competencies of users and clinicians


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

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