Episode 60: Augmentative and Alternative Communication with special guest, Megan Stewart MS, CCC-SLP

Ep. 60 – AAC: Evaluations, Rapport Building, Treatment - Megan Stewart MS, CCC-SLP

January 17, 2022

On our first episode of 2022, we sat down to talk about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Special guest, Megan Stewart MS, CCC-SLP, joined us to share her knowledge about AAC—discussing which individuals benefit most from AAC, rapport building for AAC evaluations, how to plan treatment with an AAC device, and more.

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Introduction Shenanigans
  • (4:11) Megan's Professional Background
  • (9:11) What Megan Did to Prepare for Specializing in AAC
  • (14:00) Which Individuals Benefit Most From AAC
  • (18:13) Introduction to AAC Evaluations
  • (23:34) Rapport Building for AAC Evaluations
  • (30:02) How to Decide on the Right AAC Device for a Student
  • (36:12) Which Brand of AAC Devices to Consider as an SLP
  • (38:10) How to Plan Treatment with an AAC Device
  • (43:01) Goals for a Student Using an AAC Device
  • (50:05) How to know when a student is ready to move on from an AAC Device

About Megan Stewart MS, CCC-SLP

Megan is a Speech/Language Pathologist with over 18 years of experience, most of which have been spent serving students with complex communication needs, within a variety of settings, including early intervention, home health, hippotherapy, and elementary school level. She received her master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and now resides in Florida.

With extensive knowledge regarding various forms of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from low to high tech, Megan’s passion is to help guide students, parents, and professionals alike in their journey to find the AAC system(s) that will help them become the most independent and autonomous communicators possible. Megan currently works at a one-of-a-kind, public, center school serving students with Autism and related disabilities.  Megan is also extremely passionate about promoting comprehensive literacy instruction for all learners and sharing the love of reading with everyone she meets.

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