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Course Description

This course provided fundamental instruction for overcoming barriers that prevent AAC use in patients who appear to be good candidates. Barriers may include general lack of motivation, psychological factors, lack of communication partner support, concern about ability to learn new technology, and device abandonment.

Meet the Presenter

Caitlin Mueller, MS, CCC-SLP 

Caitlin Mueller holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a B.S. in Communication Studies from Utah State University and an M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of the Pacific. She has experience with evaluating and treating clients with a variety of communication impairments using multiple AAC devices and apps.  

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Describe common barriers to the implementation of AAC use among patients who are good candidates from a cognitive/linguistic standpoint
            • Identify internal and external factors that lead to device abandonment
            • Explain clinical strategies targeting both patients and families to encourage initial and continued AAC use in patients who receive functional benefit but do not use a device

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