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Aided Language Input, Attributing Meaning, Core Vocabulary and Pre-symbolic Communicators

May 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Aided language input involves pairing speech with graphic symbols to teach symbolic communication. An often overlooked aspect of aided language input is attributing meaning to non-symbolic behaviors. This webinar will review the literature on these practices with pre-symbolic communicators. Then the session will focus on aided language input with core vocabulary as part of naturalistic interventions to improve outcomes for pre-symbolic communicators.

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is scheduled for May 5th, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm EDT — only the first 100 attendees to log into the webinar will be guaranteed spots.

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About the Presenter:

Kathryn is a PhD candidate in the Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences and a  research assistant at the Center for Literacy and Disability Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kathryn is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years’ experience working with beginning communicators and their families. She also is one of the administrators/moderators of the Facebook page “AAC for the SLP”.

Moderated By:

Betsy Caporale


  • describe the value and role of adult responsiveness in attributing communicative meaning as part of aided language input with presymbolic communicators;
  • identify 2 or more differences between aided language input with pre-intentional and intentional communicators;
  • describe 2 or more ways to apply aided language input during emergent literacy or other naturalistic intervention contexts.


5 minutesIntroduction of Speaker, USSAAC and topic
5 minutesDefine pre-intentional and intentional pre-symbolic communicators
10 minutesReview the literature on aided language input, attributing meaning and adult responsivity during AAC intervention with pre-symbolic communicators.
15 minutesDiscuss core vocabulary and naturalist interventions as components of AAC intervention that features aided language input, with particular attention to pre-symbolic communicators.
20 minutesDescribe steps for planning AAC intervention during emergent literacy and other naturalistic interactions and routines.
5 MinutesQ & A

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs in speech-language pathology and audiology are awarded by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider, USSAAC. CEU Participant Forms are available onsite at Registration. ASHA CEUs are provided to full registrations. This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area). 


ASHA Disclosures:

  • Presenter has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report. 

      • Moderator has no financial or non-financial disclosures to report


The United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is the national chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). As the United States’ only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the entire AAC community, USSAAC provides an invaluable role, working to ensure that individuals who could benefit from AAC have access to the technology and services they need. 

Benefits of membership include, but are not limited to: 

  • Free access to USSAAC webinar series with ASHA CEUs and USSAAC Twitter chats 
  • Advocacy for maintaining & expanding access to AAC systems and services 
  • Discount to 2021 ISAAC Conference – Cancun Mexico  
  • SpeakUp publication/Blog 
  • Information updates on USSAAC website & social platforms 
  • Membership in ISAAC with their additional benefits

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May 5, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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