Presenter: Marissa Rocheleau, MA, CCC-SLP
– A.B., prior course participant
This course outlines how to implement AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) in the telepractice setting. The course will cover issues related to the research supporting telepractice for AAC, identifying appropriate models of intervention and assessment for AAC telepractice, and discuss potential solutions for implementing AAC online. This course is suited to SLPs who have some experience with telepractice or have taken the beginner telepractice courses through Northern Speech Services. It includes a video of AAC modeling and many implementation suggestions that SLPs can immediately apply in their practice.
Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 contact hour.
Course Overview – Run Time: 1:02:21
– L.P., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The video examples were beneficial. I liked the examples of websites." A.F. (Nov. 2023)
"The various ways to model AAC via telepractice was beneficial to discuss." N.I. (Sep. 2023)
"Readily applicable suggestions and demonstrations. I liked the emphasis on parent coaching, as well as the demonstration and application of the free PRC PASS software." M.N. (Jul. 2023)
"I loved how the speaker gave specific and useful tips for all of her recommendations and strategies. This speaker in general is fantastic. I am a teletherapist, and her courses are always very useful and practical." L.P. (Jul. 2023)
"I liked the video examples and parent coaching." E.S. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the video about the AAC apps. That was interesting, especially for someone who isn't overly familiar with AAC apps. I liked the resources that the presenter recommended." S.F. (Dec. 2022)
"Well organized and easy to follow course." C.P. (Nov. 2022)
"The research and modeling video was extremely helpful." K.D. (Oct. 2022)
"Liked the resources for free software downloads for SLPs. And I liked the video examples of sessions." A.H. (Oct. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." S.B. (Aug. 2022)
"The videos of modeling AAC within a treatment session were good." C.M. (June 2022)
"I liked the resources covered, and the video of an actual therapy session." K.H. (May 2022)
"Great resources and info on modeling." E.C. (May 2022)
"The presenter was great – easy to follow." S.W. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the modeling for the parent/facilitator." L.T. (Mar. 2022)
"Video of the actual session was very helpful. I liked learning the necessary criteria for effective AAC treatment via telepractice (having a partner on the other side, having the same system, 2nd camera, etc)." J.M. (Feb. 2022)
"Great resources provided, good video examples." T.A. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the information regarding lesson planning with family (or staff in school as is my case), importance of modeling and facilitator." K.W. (Jan. 2022)
"Breadth of information of what is available for tx use." C.E. (Jan. 2022)
"The course was easy to follow, and going over AAC was most helpful." S.K. (Dec. 2021)
"Practical resources and clip of therapy session. How to involve parent/facilitator during therapy session." M.A. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked the resources: How to acquire high-tech equipment without having to break the bank." I.K. (Nov. 2021)
"Being reminded of the different companies that offer ACC and to what extent, i.e. loaning devices, getting downloads, etc. I liked the references to studies and their outcomes. There were quite a few mentioned." A.M. (Oct. 2021)
“I appreciated that it is okay to use different strategies within a telepractice session (e.g., parent coaching, modeling, direct interaction, etc.). I loved the video! I benefited from seeing a school-based assignment that included so many aspects of speech-language pathology (sight words/phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, AAC, imitation, following directions, etc).” G.D. (Oct. 2021)
"I loved the example therapy session – it put all the parts together! This course was easy and simple, and I took away great info right away. It wasn't overwhelming like so many other courses are!" A.B. (Sept. 2021)
"The section on parent coaching hierarchy was most beneficial. I liked everything; it was a fantastic course!" S.C. (Sept. 2021)
"Great course for SLPs who are new to the profession and AAC." S.M. (Aug. 2021)
"I found the part on how to work equally with facilitators to plan sessions beneficial. I like the flow of the course. It made it easy to keep up and retain information." J.R. (Aug. 2021)
"The use of core words and video display of session was beneficial. I enjoyed the video model of using AAC in telepractice." P.L. (Jul. 2021)
"I am learning how to use AAC devices in my sessions, and the entire presentation was beneficial. The videos of the SLP modeling and resources presented were good." N.D. (Jun. 2021)
"I liked the videos and tech assistance tools." M.M. (May 2021)
"The whole course was extremely helpful." R.L. (May 2021)
“I found demonstrating the use of AAC in telepractice to be helpful. I liked the videos illustrating implementation. The demonstration with the young student shows how things do not always go perfectly and how you must go with the flow.” D.W. (Feb. 2021)
“I gained the core knowledge of guiding and coaching the parents through the use of AAC in Telepractice by modeling how to use devices. I liked that the speaker demonstrated how they utilized modeling of AAC in therapy.” S.D. (Jan. 2021)
Marissa Rocheleau, MA, CCC-SLP, is the owner of Linguabilities, a private practice based out of Florida that provides telepractice, job coaching, and staffing contracts for online speech therapy, as well as Telepractice Connect, a membership site dedicated to all things telepractice. Marissa received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, double majoring in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then completed a Master's degree in Speech Pathology, earning licensure in seven states and her ASHA CCCs. Marissa has extensive experience working in the schools, in evaluations, and in teletherapy settings. When not working, Marissa enjoys spending time with her husband Gabriel and dogs, Petri and Bunsen.
Financial — Marissa Rocheleau is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Marissa Rocheleau is the owner of Linguabilities and Telepractice Connect; ownership interests.
Nonfinancial — Marissa Rocheleau has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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