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Episode #162: The AAC Trial Process with Brittany Schmidt

“We have to see learners as a part of their community.” Brittany Schmidt, BCBA-SLP, explains a major point of the AAC Trial process: having the device be effective across all of the learners’ environments and communication partners. 

It’s hard to stay up-to-date and fully understand AAC when you’re not working with it on a regular basis. In this episode, Brittany shares some specific points and ideas when it comes to finding the right AAC device for a learner and avoiding device abandonment.

Over the years, there has been an incredible evolution of access. There is more affordability and availability of devices and applications with unique features that can be programmed for diverse learners. Ease and functionality, response and consequence changing, power words, and realistic goal setting are among some of the great points Brittany and I discuss.

You can find out more about Brittany through Thrive Clinical Solutions or reach out to her via email. Be on the lookout for her talk and CEUs on AAC through ABA Speech Connection.

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Today’s Guest:

Brittany earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. During that time, she began working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), and after being introduced to the science of ABA in action, registered for the BCaBA course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology. Brittany went on to earn her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida, while working as a supervising BCaBA. She relocated to Miami to pursue her clinical fellowship as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and earned her master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education, with an emphasis in ABA. She is now one of seven dually certified SLP-BCBAs in the state of Florida, and is dedicated to promoting collaboration between the fields and mentorship for aspiring and experienced clinicians alike. Brittany’s clinical focus is in complex speech sound disorders, AAC assessment and management, and pediatric feeding disorders. She has advanced training and experience with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and oral myofunctional disorders. Currently, she is working with the University of Miami’s Debbie Institute to serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing, through direct service and applied research. She is in the process of becoming a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). She also provides mentorship, learning opportunities, and direct services as the Founder of Thrive Clinical Solutions.

What’s Inside:

  • Understanding the varying modes of intent to communicate, including problem behaviors.
  • Helping learners communicate across environments and partners.
  • The evolution of access to AAC.
  • Unique app features that can help a variety of learners needs.

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