Introduction to Tele-AAC
Module 1: Tele-AAC Defined
We start this introductory webinar by distinguishing tele-AAC from the broader field of telepractice.
Your learning objectives for this module are to:
identify how tele-AAC differs from telepractice
detail the difference between synchronous and asynchronous tele-AAC services
define indirect tele-AAC services
In this first video Nerissa offers a general description of tele-AAC, and highlights the distinguishing feature of tele-AAC: the ability to see the individual’s AAC system in order to provide services.
We learn that tele-AAC services can be provided in a few different ways depending on the level of involvement of the individual using AAC, as well as the timing of service delivery. Essentially, tele-AAC services can be provided:
directly to the individual using AAC, or
indirectly to the individual’s team.
And, services can be provided in:
real time (synchronously), or
over time (asynchronously).
When we picture tele-AAC services as subcategorized in these ways we are better able to visualize the technology and equipment needed to support the sharing of information in real time or over time to either the individual or their team. Nerissa reviews some basics pertaining to how the tools vary and reminds us of the importance of being able to have “eyes on the system” to both see and demonstrate AAC use.
After you’ve watched the video, think about:
When Nerissa talks about all the places one could be when engaging in tele-AAC services, what does this mean for individuals using AAC?
What are various ways we can demonstrate target skills using AAC, allowing the individual or team to “see” what we are doing or meaning?
What it means for individuals using AAC that various team members can “tune into” a given session.
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