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Supporting Gestalt Language Processors to Keep Scripting

October 29 @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm EDT


1. Explain the benefits of supporting gestalt language processors to continue scripting.

2. Describe three of ways in which AAC can support gestalt language processors.

3. Describe three ways to support gestalt language processors in communicating effectively and continuing to script.

4. Evaluate which aspects of typical AAC best practice are still applicable and which may need adaptation.


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



Over the past few years, we have made a lot of progress in the field in terms of allowing therapy to be more neurodiversity-affirming and child-led.

The Natural Language Acquisition method uses a lot of modeling and following the child’s interests, and few-to-no direct trials. However, the aimed for end result is still for a child to look like a typical communicator. There is also a lot of conflicting information out there, with a minimum of evidence, about how to apply these methods with AAC. Word-by-word language generation is an important skill to have, and it is just one piece of supporting gestalt processors by helping them feel confident communicating with their scripts. This session considers the benefits and methods to support this for AAC users.