The AAC Evaluation Genie App - How to Get the Most Out of This Commonly Used Augmentative/Alternative Communication Assessment Tool
Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) assessments require clinicians to investigate areas beyond a student's current speech and language skills, such as their ability to access touchscreen devices and utilize word prediction. While there is not a standardized battery of diagnostic tools to determine what features a student needs in an AAC system, there are tools that can guide us in the right direction. One of these tools is the AAC Evaluation Genie app, which is administered on an iPad and has thirteen subtests covering things like vision and access, receptive vocabulary, symbol knowledge, and word recognition skills. The AAC Evaluation Genie is a well-known, commonly used, informal diagnostic tool, yet its Reference Guide offers minimal guidance in how to set up the test and interpret the results. This training will review the components of the AAC Evaluation Genie and how to effectively administer the subtests based on your assessment questions. Participants will also learn how to customize the AAC Evaluation Genie settings for individual students and analyze the data as part of a larger AAC assessment.
Wednesday, March 23, from 2:30 - 4:00pm
Speech-Language Pathologists with and without experience using the AAC Evaluation Genie app, especially those who have done or may conduct AAC assessments
About the Trainer:
Alison Pentland is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist with the Diagnostic Center of Northern California (DCN). She has a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University, where she also participated in the AAC in the Educational Setting grant. Alison leads DCN's AAC Project, which includes trainings and coaching for school based SLPs around the region. In addition to supporting educators, Alison has experience completing AAC assessments and providing AAC intervention for individuals with a wide range of disabilities aged 2-25. Alison is passionate about ensuring all students have access to AAC and that their team members have the competence and confidence to support them.