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ComBo-training staff of adults in need of AAC-views of participants, managers, and users

October 29 @ 8:00 am9:00 am EDT


1. Acquaintance with AKKtiv – a comprehensive partner training program.

2. Evidence about the results of evaluation of ComBo and of the views of participants, their managers.

3. Evidence with regard to partner based interventions provided to adults.

4. Learning about how to involved AAC users through the use of Talking Mats


October 29
8:00 am – 9:00 am EDT
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Online (Zoom)



ComBo, a new group intervention being focused in the current session, is an educational resource aimed at professionals working with adults in need of AAC in residential homes and facilities for daily activities. It is one of the intervention packages within the Swedish program AKKtiv, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Early Intervention, aiming at providing support to communication partners of individuals in need of AAC.

All AKKtiv intervention packages include instruction in responsive communication and environmental milieu teaching strategies as well as theory and practice in multimodal AAC, (Beukelman & Light, 2020; Dada et al. 2021).  Two educated ComBo instructors are in charge of the ComBo group. ComBo is typically delivered during four months, encompassing eight 120- min group sessions. All staff are provided with universally designed communication boards to use at their jobs. The ComBo sessions include lectures, discussions, role play, video clips, practical exercises, and follow-up of assignments in-between sessions using video-feedback. 

This session presents the result of two interview studies with participants, their managers and also AAC users applying the visual framework Talking Mats.