2017 WSLHA Spring Workshop: AAC Across the Lifespan

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm
University of Washington, Eagleson Hall Room 211

Pre-registration closed. Walk-ins welcome.


  Early Bird
(Ends March 31)
Members $125 $150
Non-Members $180 $205
Students $40  $40


Course Description

This clinically focused workshop will walk participants through foundational considerations regarding the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies from early childhood through adulthood.  Participants will obtain a basic understanding of assessment considerations for each stage of communication and will learn how to apply assessment principles with their current knowledge of communication development to the process of determining AAC modalities for trial.  


Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles for assessment for AAC.
  • Identify strategies for successful AAC intervention for pediatric and adult populations.
  • Name community resources for ongoing support and learning.


9:00 - 10:30am Overview of AAC
10:30 - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm AAC for pediatric populations
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00pm AAC for adolescents and young adults with challenging behaviors
2:00 - 2:15pm Break
2:15 - 3:15pm AAC for adults with ALS
3:15 - 4:00pm Panel discussion


Continuing Education


This course is offered for .55 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
State clock hours 5.5 CECH will also be offered.

State Clock hours and ASHA CEUs are processed free for WSLHA members. Non-members will pay a processing fee. CECHs $10.00/CEUs $15.00. Please bring checks payable to WSLHA. Please bring your ASHA number.


Tanna Neufeld, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with 10 years of experience working with individuals with complex communication challenges. She received a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida and continues to build a unique understanding of augmentative communication and assistive technology through dedicated continuing education and clinical experience. Tanna is currently president of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society (NWACS) and is the director of Seattle AAC, a private practice specializing in support of individuals using Augmentative Communication systems and other assistive technology.
Disclosures: Tanna Neufeld is the resident of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society and will be presenting on their behalf. She owns a private practice – Seattle AAC - within which she works specifically in direct intervention and consultation related to AAC in the Seattle area. These relationships may present a personal and professional bias toward AAC.

Cassandra (“Casey”) Stafford, MS, CCC-SLP/L, ATP received her B.S. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Syracuse University. She is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and has over 15 years experience in a variety of settings serving youth and adults with severe developmental disabilities. Casey currently has a private practice in Seattle, providing direct therapy and evaluation services as well as staff and family consultations. Her present focus is serving young people who have severe challenging behaviors and communication deficits. 
Disclosures: Cassandra Stafford is a board member of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society and will be presenting on their behalf. She owns a private practice - Vlinder Communication Therapies, PLLC - with a focus and special interest in AAC. These relationships may present a personal and professional bias toward AAC.

Carmel Caga-anan, MS, CCC-SLP, received her Masters of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Washington. She completed her clinical fellowship at the VA Puget Sound, where she first received training and experience in providing AAC care for Veterans with complex communication needs. She is currently working at the UW Medical Center, specializing in swallowing and cognitive communication evaluations and treatment in acute care, inpatient rehab, and most recently, at the UWMC Outpatient MDA clinic, where she works exclusively with patients with ALS (pALS).
Disclosures: Carmen Caga-anan provides low-tech AAC evaluations/interventions across all levels of hospital care (acute, inpatient rehab, outpatient), and provide evaluations/interventions for speech generating devices exclusively to people with ALS (pALS) at the UWMC MDA Clinic. This may present a bias toward the use of AAC with individuals in her care.