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Complicated Sensory Systems Accessing AAC: What does the Research Say? Webinar

Date: September 17, 2019

Time: 12:00-1:00

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Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCCinternet 501

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With Autism, prematurity, and cortical visual impairment diagnoses continuing to rise, evaluators should determine a child’s relative strengths and not just focus on the deficits in their complicated sensorimotor systems. Clinical implications of this research suggest an occupational therapist may be the most qualified to determine optimal access to AAC systems. The first of its kind, this research study reveals secrets to AAC access and specialists explain how these complicated sensorimotor systems hold great promise. Come see how the child with “that diagnosis” in the paperwork, pulls off the “impossible” when vision and motor deficits are adequately addressed.


Participants will

1. Identify a subjects physical area of strength and the corresponding device features required for successful access to AAC.

2. Describe three accommodations or alterations that can be made to the AAC System to improve access.

3. Discuss three settings in which AAC evaluations can use this data to improve best practice.


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC, has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master's Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

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