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Exemplary AAC SLPs Supporting Children who use AAC in Meaningful Interactions

October 29 @ 8:00 am9:00 am EDT


1. Define how and why the term exemplary AAC SLP is used in the current investigation

2. Identify one or more communicative support strategies used by exemplary AAC SLPs and the ways these strategies support meaningful social interaction

3. Describe components of the theory of attuning and how these components contribute to high quality interactions.


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



Understanding what communication partners can do to support successful interactions mediated by AAC is important for improving experiences and outcomes in communication for children who use AAC.

This session will present findings from a study that investigated the nature of interactions between children who use aided AAC technologies and speech and language pathologists (SLPs) identified by their peers as exemplary in their delivery of AAC services.

This session will begin with a brief explanation of the research study, data collection procedures, and microanalytic approach to data analysis. Then, a combination of microanalytic transcripts and video excerpts will be used to highlight the ways the ways the SLPs and children collaborated to make meaning. This includes a discussion of their unique use of aided language modeling and the importance of attuning for fostering relationships and shared meaning.