AAC Conference 2019

Nebraska Augmentative and Alternative
Communication Summer Conference
June 7, 2019

“Working with children who have significant speech impairment: Clinical decision-making, integrating speech with AAC, and communication outcomes”


AAC Conference 2019

Conference Description

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a complex, multidimensional developmental neuromotor disorder. CP is the most common cause of severe motor impairment in children, affecting 3 per 1000 in the US and internationally. Motor impairment is the primary defining feature, but co-occurring developmental disabilities are frequent and lead to a complex array of problems. Approximately 60% of children with CP have some type of communication disorder, which may include dysarthria and its associated speech intelligibility deficits; language and/or cognitive impairments; or a combination of both speech and language/cognitive problems. Children with CP are heterogeneous in their specific disability profiles, which leads to considerable clinical confusion regarding prioritizing competing goals and objectives. In this presentation we will discuss the importance of clinical classification into subgroups—smaller units with common features—as a means to reducing heterogeneity, and prioritize intervention goals.  Specifically, we will discuss a classification approach and recent research findings highlighting speech and language outcomes that are classification-group specific. We will also discuss findings from our clinical research on speech and language growth curves and how findings relate to clinical decision-making for AAC interventions. Strategies and approaches to integrating AAC with natural speech will be emphasized. The seminar will include interactive discussions and many case examples, including repeated samples over years from the same children. The seminar will emphasize translation of research findings into clinical practice and will integrate discussions of evidence-based decision making throughout.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the range of communication strengths and deficits in children with CP.
  • Identify different strategies for classifying children with CP and discuss strengths and weaknesses of different approaches with regard to informing treatment.
  • Describe findings of research on receptive language growth in children with CP and relate findings to clinical profile groups.
    • Identify two ways that findings of receptive language growth research relate to clinical practice.
  • Describe findings of studies examining growth of speech intelligibility in children with CP and relate findings to clinical profile groups.
    • Identify two ways that findings of speech growth research relate to clinical practice.
  • Describe four different ways that speech can be integrated with AAC systems and strategies
  • Explain the importance of growth curves and cut points for separating typical from atypical intelligibility development.


Katherine Hustad, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders & Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Financial Disclosure: Honoraria and travel expenses will be paid by MMI for presenting.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

CME/CE Credit

This course is offered for up to .65 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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Sponsored by

Saltillo Corporation
Speech Language Pathology at UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI)
The Munroe Meyer Guild
Tobii Dynavox
Talk To Me Technologies


Scott Conference Center - 6450 Pine Street, Omaha 68106

Directions and Parking

Parking is available across the street from the Scott Convention Center in Lot #9 (see map).

Registration Fee

$100 for professionals*
$50 for students
$30 for parents

*$125 after 5/30/19
(Online registrations end 6/5/2019 @ 12:00pm)


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