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Saturday, October 18th 2014
Building the Framework for Successful AAC Evaluations

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Presented by Celeste Helling M.A., CCC/SLP
author of AAC Evaluation Genie
Hilton Garden Inn
Newburgh NY

As conveyed in the Communication Bill of Rights, every individual has the right to communicate. There are many different ways in which persons can convey needs, desires, thoughts and information. There are also numerous assistive technology options available to assist persons with severe communication disorders to communicate. Those individuals with complex communication needs may require the use of Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC). Successful AAC outcomes start with comprehensive, accurate assessment. Performing Evidenced Based AAC Assessments remains a challenge to many team members. With the complexity of AAC evaluation, the diversity of those needing assessment and the overwhelming choices of devices and possible systems, the need for a systematic, evidence based and comprehensive approach to assessment is critical to the goal of successful AAC use. This session provides an overview of the major components of the AAC evaluation, guidelines for tailoring the evaluation process to the specific communication needs of the AAC user, and methods for incorporating clinical decision making into the assistive technology feature matching process. Learn how to mix art (clinical expertise) and science (quality research) to provide comprehensive, evidence-based AAC evaluations.



1. Discuss the major components of an AAC assessment.

2. Determine appropriate tools to utilize in AAC evaluation process

3. Identify resources to utilize in the decision making and selection of AAC system



WHEN: Saturday, October 18th 2014

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn

15 Crossroads Court

Newburgh, NY 12550

TIME: 8:00 – 8:30 Sign in Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 3:30 Presentation (lunch included)




$125* Non-Members (Includes 2014 membership)

$20* Students (attach current student ID)

* add $25 if postmarked after October 1, 2014

Credit Card payments are accepted through PayPal ($1 processing fee added)

Note: New members must complete our membership application.

Pay Online ($1.00 processing fee added)


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5 Hampton Court

Wallkill NY 12589

This seminar is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area) ASHA CEUs available through the Speech, Language, Hearing Association of the Hudson Valley

CEU provider

The January 30 Winter Banquet was cancelled, replaced by the free webinar, iPad 101 for SLPs, on February 27, for 1.5 professional development hours.

Thanks to all who attended SHAHV's Fall Conference, Intervention Strategies for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing: A Problem-Solving Approach, presented by Dr. Cindy Arroyo. Thanks to your overwhelming response, this was SHAHV's first sold-out conference.

Please complete our membership application.

We had many winners at our spring conference, "Top Notch Ideas for Speech and Language Therapy," by Eric X. Raj.

2012 SHAHV scholarship winners
2013 SHAHV scholarship winners Jessica Scanna (left), winner of the graduate scholarship, and Brittney DePaola (right), winner of the undergraduate scholarship.

Raffle prizes included nine lucky winners of the Multiple Choice Articulation App, one Air Hockey App, two Language Builder Apps, two Conversation Builder Apps, four $15.00 iTunes Cards, two 2014 SHAHV Memberships, and nine winners of styli for touch screens.  

    SHAHV is a professional association comprised of local speech-language pathologists and audiologists from Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties within New York State.

    Mission: to provide resources to speech-language pathology and audiology professionals in the above counties to facilitate optimal evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication challenges. Particularly, SHAHV is dedicated to arranging continuing education opportunities and encouraging a strong network of professionals to foster cooperative learning. The association is run by volunteers from both professions.