Getting the Most Out of Remote AAC Therapy & Assessments — Part 4!
Progress Monitoring and Goals
As many of us know too well, people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices have been deeply affected by the pandemic, and by distance learning in particular. But that doesn’t mean that virtual AAC therapies and assessments aren’t possible. On the contrary! We sat down with LA–based speech and language pathologist Rachel Madel (MA, CCC-SLP), who specializes in AAC and working with children with autism, to find out how we can get our kids the support they need.
In this final installment of our four-part video interview, we talk about progress monitoring: how should parents monitor their kid’s AAC progress from home so we can make sure our kids are getting the support they need? Be sure to check out part 1 of this series, which focuses on the benefits of remote AAC assessments and therapy; part 2, which covers how to make virtual AAC therapy sessions more fun and engaging, and how to be better communication partners for our kids; and part 3, which looks at AAC resources and devices and how to learn a new device alongside our kids.
Progress monitoring can be especially challenging to do remotely; what are your suggestions for parents? (Hint: it’s all about spontaneous communication!)
Is there any particular data parents should be tracking on progress made (or not made) on existing goals?
Do you have any other advice for parents getting started with AAC remotely?
Collective wisdom: tips & strategies from parents!
We asked Special X parents whose children use AAC devices to share their real-world advice with us. Here are some of their hard-won tips:
We would love to hear how your child’s AAC work progresses over the summer. Please stay in touch and share your successes and challenges!