If you work in education, community care, speech pathology or counselling, this is an ideal professional development program for you. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a method that replaces or supplements speech, where language difficulties exist, to positively influence social skills, school performance, self-worth and quality of life.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies will provide you with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with adults and children who have complex communication needs (CCN) through the effective use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and systems.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident in your ability to meet the needs of people whose oral speech skills limit their ability to meet their participation and communication needs using AAC.
Unit - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
Communication capacity and needs
Work with the person and carer
Communication impairment / disorders
Communication – Bill of Rights
Specific communication needs
Document findings and outcomes
Referrals to professionals
The referral process (6 steps)
Information to referred professional
Individual and small group therapy
First visit assessment
Patient history and preferences
Severe speech disability
Strategies and devices in AAC
Natural communication methods
Document support strategies
Identify and respond to difficulties
Speech and language therapists / pathologists
Accessing the AAC system
Language Activity Monitor (LAM)
Vocabulary selection strategies
Maintain accurate written records
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
I really enjoyed this course. The information was relevant and easy to access.
E. Cahill, Mareeba, QLD | Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies
It goes through all overall information regarding AAC so that I feel confident to apply AAC strategies to my clients
S. Kim, Kyunggido, South Korea | Augmentative and Alternative Communications Strategies
It was easily laid out and able to follow. Great experience
K. Christiansen, Medicine Hat Alberta Canada | Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 15 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $50.00. Printed materials are available for purchase at any time and not require to complete this course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.