Skip to Main Content

Lunch & Learn

Location: Webinar/SDPC
Date: May 11, 2021 at 12:00pm

12pm Central / 11am Mountain Time 

Communication, AAC and the IEP


Children use an array of ​modalities to communicate. Vocalizations, gestures, expressions, and body language all add to spoken language.  Children with disabilities may require ​even more options (or modalities) to communicate and get their message across.  Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) ​includes all modalities, from non-verbals to communication symbols to high-tech speech-generating devices as part of their ​unique multi-modal communication system.


This session will discuss common IEP concerns that arise when children rely on AAC ​to communicate, procedural safeguards (parent rights) within special education to ensure students receive a free and appropriate public education, and strategies to include individualized educational services and supports within the IEP that are necessary for authentic and meaningful communication between students, peers, teachers, and others.


Join presenters Dr. Elizabeth Hanson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of South Dakota; Theresa Baldry, parent of an accomplished AAC user, Project Coordinator for Transition and Employment Projects & Montana Deaf-Blind Projects, Rural Institute For Inclusive Communities, University of Montana; and Lisa Sanderson, Family to Family Health Information Center Project Director, South Dakota Parent Connection.


Live Online:   Click Here to join live online via computer or cell phone, with the capability to chat in your questions and comments.

Phone:  1-312-626-6799, followed by Meeting ID: 843-2345-5121

Recorded Online:  View current and past recorded Lunch and Learn Education Sessions online anytime by visiting  under Online Training

Sign Up for Email