Overcoming Barriers to Success in AAC


Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS, CCC-SLP

About the Course

In this five-part course, Lucas Steuber provides an overview of basic language functions and explains why some AAC users may get stuck at a specific stage of language use. To illustrate the problem, he presents three case studies that show the development of communication skills in a low-tech AAC user with autism spectrum disorder, a high-tech AAC user with autism spectrum disorder, and a teenager with Rett syndrome transitioning between different eye gaze systems. Viewers will learn about the nature of emergent communication and be able to study real-life examples of communicative barriers accompanied by a description of possible next steps in therapy.

About the Presenter

Lucas Steuber is an applied linguist and speech-language pathologist based out of Portland, Oregon. He specializes in language and social thinking in pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, and a main interest of his professional work lies in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. He currently serves as a board member of Adler’s Voice.

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50 Minutes