Getting Going With AAC for Parents - Teach Your Child To Talk With an iPad or Tablet

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Children who struggle to communicate are often frustrated and depressed. As parents, we long to know what they have to say! An iPad or tablet with a communication (AAC) app can help them communicate! Some children are nonverbal meaning they cannot use verbal speech to communicate with others. This can be caused by autism, cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, hearing loss and many other disorders. Other children have some verbal speech but they are unable to functionally communicate. AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) can help! This course focuses on using technology such as iPads, iPhones and tablets for communication. Technology has improved so much and AAC devices and apps are cheaper and more accessible than ever before. The course also describes apps that will strengthen your child's ability to access AAC on a touchscreen but these skills aren't needed before they start communicating.

This class is designed to get your child communicating with AAC. If your child is currently using an AAC app but isn't making great progress or if your child hasn't started with a communication app yet, this course will help you lead your child through the steps of communicating with the device.

Your Instructor

Betsy Furler, MS, CCC-SLP
Betsy Furler, MS, CCC-SLP

Betsy is the CEO of Communication Circles. Communication Circles is an unique agency that provides direct speech therapy services specializing in AAC as well as consulting services for tech companies on using technology to improve the lives of people with special needs, Betsy is an AAC expert,speech-language pathologist and autism consultant with 25 years of experience in a variety of settings. She graduated from Austin College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and from the University of Texas at Dallas with a MS in Communication Disorders. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate and is a certified PLAY Project consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course for?
This course was developed for parents who have nonverbal children who need another way to communicate. This course was designed to get started and develop basic communication with an iPad or tablet. The course talks primarily about using an iPad or tablet for communication but also has helpful information for those using dedicated devices such as a Tobii/DynaVox device.
Who is this course not for?
Children who can talk without difficulty. If you child is using an iPad or another device for communication with two word phrases or above, this class may not be a good fit for you. This course does not focus on LAMP, Unity and PRC devices/user setups. This course is also not for a family who isn't committed to the use of AAC.

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