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AAC Across the Lifespan

  • University of Washington, Eagleson Hall 417 Northeast 42nd Street Seattle, WA, 98105 United States (map)

A Spring Workshop hosted by the Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSLHA)  

This clinically focused workshop will walk participants through foundational considerations regarding the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies from early childhood through adulthood.  Participants will obtain a basic understanding of assessment considerations for each stage of communication and will learn how to apply assessment principles with their current knowledge of communication development to the process of determining AAC modalities for trial. 

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate understanding of basic principles for assessment for AAC.

2.    Identify strategies for success AAC intervention for pediatric and adult populations.

3.    Name community resources for ongoing support and learning.

Tanna Neufeld, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with 10 years of experienceworking with individuals with complex communication challenges.  She received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida and continues to build a unique understanding of augmentative communication and assistive technology through dedicated continuing education and clinical experience.  Tanna is currently president of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society (NWACS) and is the director of Seattle AAC, a private practice specializing in support of individuals using Augmentative Communication systems and other assistive technology.

Cassandra (“Casey”) Stafford, M.S., CCC-SLP/L, ATP received her B.S. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Syracuse University.  She is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and has over 15 years experience in a variety of settings serving youth and adults with severe developmental disabilities.  Casey currently has a private practice in Seattle, providing direct therapy and evaluation services as well as staff and family consultations. Her present focus is serving young people who have severe challenging behaviors and communication deficits.

Carmel Caga-anan, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Masters of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington. She completed her clinical fellowship at the VA Puget Sound, where she first received training and experience in providing AAC care for Veterans with complex communication needs. She is currently working at the UW Medical Center, specializing in swallowing and cognitive communication evaluations and treatment in acute care, inpatient rehab, and most recently, at the UWMC Outpatient MDA clinic, where she works exclusively with patients with ALS (pALS).

ASHA CEU's provided