AAC Evaluations Simplified: Using a “Toolkit Approach”
Debby McBride, MS, CCC-SLP
Information also included from:
Elizabeth (Libby) Rush, MS, CCC-SLP
The CD that you will receive at the end of this session contains a variety of
resources and materials which we will be covering
This session will offer both a “roadmap” and an evaluation “toolkit” to provide success
and ease of evaluating an individual with a severe expressive communication disorder.
Evaluate the simplest needs of the emerging communicator to the most
sophisticated needs of the independent communicator.
Low-cost ways which assess the skills of the individual as well as the features of
the devices which may benefit them
Demonstration of tools used to assess individuals
Premade materials and low-tech versions will be shared
“Tool” included in the toolkit will be demonstrated
Battery operated tools for cause-effect
Simple voice output options
Progressive digitized device
Computer with access (touchscreen, switch adaptors)
Communication software (free and commercially available)
Additional resources to assist organizing and completing paperwork
Templates for gathering information, case histories, etc.
Templates to assist in your evaluation; - gather information for physical, sensory,
cognitive, communication functions, symbol usage, language representation, etc.
Report templates to assist in writing reports
CD provided will include the following options:
Toolkit list with pictures, description, and vendor information
Copies of templates for gathering information, assessment, and reports
Flyers on 75 AAC devices from major manufacturers
Blank device comparison charts
Discount on Lite-Tech Low Cost AAC Chart – code will be provided
Free trial of Device Assistant
Additional notes / resources.