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Course Description

This course provided a deep dive into the parameters and outcomes of survey research, which was conducted to examine the level of AAC training SLPs receive, and the quality of AAC training and support provided to the communication partners (CPs) during speech generating device (SGD) trials. A new CP education and support program was developed to meet the newly-recognized needs concluded from the study.

Meet the Presenter


Brianne Bieger, CCC-SLP-D/ATP  

Brianne Bieger is a RENSA certified Assistive Technology Professional and is formally trained in the methods of Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA). She has been an active volunteer for the non-profit organization Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) since 2014, and a member of their Advisory Board since 2019. 


Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Describe how the level of AAC training completed by SLPs at the master’s level affects their self-perceived comfort level and competency to provide AAC services to both PWAs and their CPs
            • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between quality of communication partner training and support provided by SLPs and the overall successful use of speech-generating devices (SGDs) by PWAs
            • Identify how improved CP training for the primary communication partners of PWAs can improve SGD outcomes.

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