Presenter: Stephen Calculator, PhD, CCC-SLP
– M.U., prior course participant
This online course highlights functional AAC assessment and intervention strategies that have been found to be highly useful in fostering communication, educational, and related skills in individuals with severe disabilities, including those described as beginning communicators. Reviewed will be limitations of standardized testing and viable alternatives consistent with the principles of authentic assessment.
Emphasis will be placed on the use of integrated models of service delivery and ecologically valid, evidence-based procedures such as natural supports, embedded goals, discipline-free objectives, skill clusters, and discrepancy analysis. Considerations guiding program content, including the setting of goals, will be explored. A simple, ecologically valid planning tool that pulls all this together will be illustrated. Overarching themes of the presentation will be participation, membership and inclusion.
Course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:41:55
– L.W., 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.
"I appreciated the discussion of goal suggestions and alternative forms of service delivery. I also liked the collaborative approach." L.A. (Nov. 2023)
"The strategies for AAC implementation were beneficial. I liked the use of functional assessment." K.D. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the focus on students with severe disabilities." M.M. (Nov. 2023)
"Use of skill clusters and ideas on how to implement them was helpful." C.H. (Nov. 2023)
"This course presented very practical information as to how to integrate communication across contexts in a functional manner for the user." V.A. (Nov. 2023)
"I liked the assessment criteria." K.A. (Nov. 2023)
"I found the goals samples to be the most beneficial for my daily practice." J.R. (Nov. 2023)
"Presenter was clear with great examples. I liked the matrix." A.J. (Nov. 2023)
"The importance of least dangerous assumptions and how it is vital that we not limit our client's abilities based on an assumption that's not proven correct." D.M. (Nov. 2023)
"Discussion of types of assessment was beneficial. I liked the examples." M.S. (Oct. 2023)
"I liked the application of the student's needs specifically, not just what the family wants to see them communicate." M.R. (Oct. 2023)
"The discipline-free goals and Criterion of Ultimate Functioning were beneficial to discuss. I liked that this course covered a lot of information at a reasonable depth." M.A. (Sep. 2023)
"The examples for each item were very valuable to understanding the new vocabulary. Dr. Calculator's extensive experience brought a depth of knowledge that was evident throughout the presentation." E.G. (Sep. 2023)
"Well-paced course with helpful examples." A.P. (Sep. 2023)
"Use of consultative model vs direct units was beneficial. I liked the visual supports and the presenter." M.C. (Jul. 2023)
"Clear and concise. Easy to follow along. Feature matching with AAC was beneficial." T.W. (Jun. 2023)
"Incorporating AAC into the student's school day. I liked that course was self-paced." L.P. (Jun. 2023)
"This was a good reminder to take into account the whole person and to move toward more functional goals that will benefit the patients in a variety of settings. I really enjoyed all the examples and case study-type scenarios that were embedded throughout." K.W. (May 2023)
"Useful information for my AAC students and easy to follow course." J.H. (May 2023)
"Discussion on what is realistic for families vs. what takes place in the therapy room. I liked how comprehensive this course was." M.B. (May 2023)
"Discussing ultimate goals was beneficial. Functional course." S.W. (May 2023)
"I liked the functional goals and team approach to targeting goals." K.B. (Apr. 2023)
"Friendships as a goal really expanded my social skills concepts with AAC. I liked the overall collaborative approach." M.V. (Apr. 2023)
"I appreciated the time spent on authentic assessment. The presenter held my attention and gave real-world examples." A.H. (Mar. 2023)
"Evaluating across multiple settings during the day. Keeping communication options, both low and high-tech available and honoring requests." B.R. (Feb. 2023)
"I liked the research that showed how the degree of disability did not correlate with the amount of services/supports needed/given. I liked the actual examples of cases that demonstrated the material presented." A.D. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the real-life examples. Skill clusters and natural supports were beneficial." L.O. (Dec. 2022)
"Information was presented clearly. The matrix procedure was very helpful and can easily be applied to my daily practice." M.M. (Dec. 2022)
"Clear examples on how to implement with a team." B.W. (Dec. 2022)
"I loved all the content. Everything was super applicable to my setting." L.S. (Nov. 2022)
"This course was very enlightening in considering the needs of our students in all areas of life." M.B. (Oct. 2022)
"The collaboration with other professionals was good." M.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked all of the course content." T.G. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the amount of content covered and issues addressed." J.S. (Sept. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." A.A. (Aug. 2022)
"The examples of working with other team members were helpful and addressing peers for motivation." S.V. (Jul. 2022)
"Professor Calculator is a joy to listen to and learn from. He is easy to follow and understand. The entire review of ecological assessment, peer supports, person centered planning, and other topics will enhance my ability to recommend and design treatment that is the most far reaching and meaningful for clients and their families." D.B. (Jun. 2022)
"I liked everything about this course. Incredible knowledge and practice of the presenter." E.G. (Jun. 2022)
"Clear presentation of valuable material. Good reminders for AAC goal development." N.F. (Jun. 2022)
"I liked the goals creation and integration of AAC. And that I was able to take it in a self-determined time." K.A. (May 2022)
"The presenter was very knowledgeable. I liked the idea of use of natural supports to encourage and reinforce communication efforts. I also found the Matrix Procedure very interesting and useful. Learning about integrating AAC throughout the day and having the SLP consult regarding recognizing and facilitating natural communications for persons using AAC." S.C. (Mar. 2022)
"Informative for breaking tasks down into more than just requesting. I like how he teaches the SLP to include all professionals when setting up goals/objectives for various tasks on the device." D.B. (Mar. 2022)
"The presenter provided thorough and concise information covering a wide range of instruction. I liked the use of discrepancy analysis for goals, use of natural supports, and integrated objectives." E.M. (Feb. 2022)
"The matrix was helpful with generalization of device use, and I liked the emphasis on presuming competence." C.N. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the non-standardized assessment for AAC users, and the real-life examples." A.B. (Jan. 2022)
“I love that it specifically addresses use and assessment of AAC for students with severe/multiple disabilities in the school setting.” M.U. (Dec. 2021)
“I really appreciated the "big picture" approach, in which life goals for the individual are the driving force behind his/her goals and objectives.” I.D. (Nov. 2021)
"Spoke to pros and cons of AAC use and implementation." T.K. (Oct. 2021)
“The slides provided helpful information for me to look back on later when I have students using AAC.” S.Z. (Oct. 2021)
“This course is extremely relevant to students that I work with, and the information is critical for student success. Overall, this course was excellent. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this course. Thank you to the speaker for sharing this invaluable information and sharing your insights.” L.W. (Oct. 2021)
“The presenter has dedicated many years to the research presented. He also provided relevant stories about observations he has made.” L.D. (Sept. 2021)
"I liked the ideas for intervention that are more informative and appropriate for complex communicators." S.V. (Aug. 2021)
"The validation of the collaborative model of service delivery was beneficial. I liked the discussion of generalizing skills (not just communication skills) over several different experiences." A.I. (Aug. 2021)
“I appreciate the idea of going beyond the wants and needs, while also placing importance on the parent's goals for the child. I find incorporating all disciplines in cooperative goal planning is essential.” A.S. (Jul. 2021)
"Learning about some new buzz words including least dangerous assumption, skill cluster, discipline free, self-determination and criterion of ultimate functioning. I appreciated some new research information as well to share with parents." J.B. (Jun. 2021)
“Discussion of integrated goals with increased collaboration between disciplines, and the use of multiple communication modes at one time was helpful. It was an easy format to watch on-demand, I appreciate the ability to start/stop as needed with the inclusion of slides/handout.” L.M. (Jun. 2021)
"Excellent course! It's too hard to pick just one beneficial discussion! Looking at HOW to assess in different ways, writing goals, and how to provide therapy/consultation - all beneficial discussions. The examples used were helpful - overall this course was excellent and very informative!" K.T. (May 2021)
"All of it was beneficial! This course really opened my eyes to the number of considerations that one must take in order to select the most appropriate AAC device." L.B. (Apr. 2021)
“This is a thoughtful presentation with real life examples.” B.F. (Mar. 2021)
"I appreciated the focus on implementation of communication goals throughout the day with a practical method for collecting data across settings. I liked the comprehensive content and availability of printable materials." A.R. (Mar. 2021)
"It was helpful to get examples of how to incorporate AAC throughout a student's day. Also how to view goals that can be targeted throughout the day. It was very comprehensive from assessment to treatment." T.K. (Feb. 2021)
"Very positive and theoretical approach, and with many real-situation examples." J.M. (Feb. 2021)
"It was helpful in thinking about developing objectives for children with severe impairments. The pace was great." M.S. (Feb. 2021)
"The presenter was factual, clear, and applied information to real-life scenarios. I enjoyed the use of the integrated model and use of the matrix." S.G. (Jan. 2021)
“The discussion on specific ways to collaborate with other team members to provide an integrated approach to services/goals was helpful.” E.K. (Jan. 2021)
Dr. Stephen Calculator, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of New Hampshire as well as a communication/educational consultant in private practice in Dover, NH. Since earning his doctorate in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980, Stephen has published and lectured extensively in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and inclusive services for individuals with severe disabilities, drawing upon his ongoing experiences as a consultant to numerous schools and other agencies in the USA and beyond. He has authored and edited four books and more than 50 other publication and has presented his work at well over 100 national and international conferences. His greatest contributions have been devoted to enhancing our understanding of the role communication and assistive technology can play in fostering the participation of individuals with severe disabilities in their communities.
Financial — Stephen Calculator is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Stephen Calculator has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
ASHA CE Registry: 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.
ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:
If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.
Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.
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You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
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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NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
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