Aided Language Stimulation: An Essential Strategy for Teaching Language

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Presenter: Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP
This course will begin with a quick review of core language principles for vocabulary selection and language teaching and the need for access to robust vocabularies. Participants will then learn how typical language learners acquire language and why the technique of aided language stimulation/aided language input is an essential component of any successful AAC implementation plan, regardless of a student’s age or language level. Sample activities for various age ranges will be described and demonstrated.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the technique of aided language stimulation and how it can be used to teach language to students who use AAC
  • Explain why using aided language stimulation when teaching language to those with complex communication needs is considered best practice
  • Explain why use of no tech language representation methods (i.e., manual boards) can be a helpful component in aided language stimulation, even with those who have high tech systems
About Lauren:  Lauren Enders, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology consultant who has created an extensive collection of links to AT devices, tablet apps, software and related resources. Using the online bulletin board Pinterest, Ms. Enders invites other service providers, teachers, and parents to share their own favorite resources. The site serves as a forum in which participants can discuss the strengths and weaknesses of individual products and share their own experiences with them. One of the values of this site is that Enders has done an excellent job of organizing the apps and other products into specific categories. Those categories include, but are not limited to: pragmatic/social language, vocabulary development, early childhood programs, AAC evaluation/assessment, articulation/phonology, grammar/syntax, voice therapy, fluency, visual strategies/scheduling, behavior supports, and specific elements of math instruction. With more than 12,000 "pins" and more than 30,000 followers, this is an active, useful Pinterest board.


Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
15 min: Core language principles for vocabulary selection
15 min: Acquisition of language
60 min: Techniques of aided language stimulation/aided language input and AAC
30 min: Examples of aided language stimulation with AAC

Speaker Disclosure: 

Lauren Enders receives royalty payments from and receives a salary from Bucks County Intermediate Unit. Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Content Disclosure:
This presentation will focus exclusively on Aided Language Simulation, and will not include information on other similar or related services.

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