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Course Description

This course demonstrated ways in which AAC devices can be used to target functional conversation and LPAA goals. Participants will be instructed on how to create conversation pages on AAC devices that are specific to a client’s needs and interests. Participants will also learn about the importance of stories and their relationship to identity and how AAC device can be customized for clients.

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

      • Identify 3 ways an AAC device can be customized to target functional conversation goals
      • Describe the importance of storytelling in relation to identity in adults with aphasia
      • Identify 2 methods for using AAC to support storytelling in adults with aphasia

Meet the Presenters

Brianne A. Bieger, SLPD, CCC-SLP, ATP

Dr. Brianne Bieger joined Lingraphica in 2011 and is the Customer Experience and Engagement Manager. She has dedicated most of her career working with families living with aphasia and AAC. Brianne has been providing speech and language services via tele-practice since 2015. 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. Brianne received her B.A. and M.A from Hofstra University and her clinical doctorate in speech (SLPD) from Nova Southeastern University.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Receives salary for employment as Customer Experience and Engagement Manager at Lingraphica; Receives compensation as a contracted speech-language pathologist for TalkPath Live.  

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.


Kelly Cantrell, M.S., CCC-SLP 

Kelly joined Lingraphica in 2018. Her prior experience lies in Acute Care, SNF, and Home Health where she treated patients with Cognitive, Voice, and Swallowing deficits.  She specializes in Neurological Disorders, TBI, and Head and Neck CA.  Kelly holds a B.S. in Psychology from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Western Oregon University.  Kelly also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Receives salary for employment as a Clinical Consultant at Lingraphica 

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.


Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Katie Strong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. She leads the Strong Story Lab where her research explores how therapists can support people with aphasia and TBI rebuild their identity by co-constructing stories about who they were, are, and want to be. Katie is a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar, a founding member of the Lansing Area Aphasia Support Group, and on the Virtual Connections for Aphasia leadership team. She is the owner of Strong Speech Consulting, Inc. and a regular host of the Aphasia Access Conversations Podcast.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Dr. Katie Strong receives salary for employment as an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Dr. Katie Strong is a University Liaison for Virtual Connections.

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