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AAC Implementation - parent buy-in webinar

Date: October 10, 2018

Time: 12:00-1:00

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Kristi Roher and Brenda Del Monte, of Believe Beyond Abilityonline 501

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The single most important indicator to AAC use in all environments is parent buy-in. Kristi Roher and Brenda Del Monte will provide a parent and SLP approach to AAC implementation.  They will walk participants through evaluation, acquisition and implementation of the AAC system with these two perspectives in mind. Kristi’s story covers a wide range of issues including barriers, fears, set backs and successes. It covers disability and prognosis, heart ache and hope. They will share the most important tips they received from each other - parent and professional -  and other tools they have collected on their AAC journey. Videos over time show this emerging communicator advancing to independence.

Learning Objectives:

Learn the process of obtaining and successfully implementing AAC from the parent and SLP perspective.

Obtain strategies to work as a team and see how that results in a proficient AAC user.

Gather treatment tools that can be successful at home or school for optimal AAC use.

Understand how the complexity of the diagnosis influences implementation of AAC.    



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.


Kristi Roher is an educator, mother of three boys, and advocate for individuals living with disabilities.  Her middle son lives with Down Syndrome, and her youngest son lives with a rare neuromuscular condition.  Her family’s ability to thrive is a direct result of the use of Assistive Technology in everyday life.  She loves sharing practical tips and applications for AAC and AT from the perspective of a busy, imperfect, working mother.


Kristi is Co-Director and Testing Coordinator at New Vistas Center for Education in Chandler, Arizona.  She holds two masters degrees: one in Counseling and the other in Educational Psychology.  Kristi also coordinates Family Outreach for the PMD Foundation and is the Director of Community Relations for Believe Beyond Ability.

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