Augmentative and Alternative Communication Certificate Course
This is a 10-month training program that aims to develop augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) specialists in the field of speech-language pathology in the Philippines. It focuses on developing speech and language pathologists’ knowledge and skills in AAC assessment and intervention through 5 months of theoretical coursework and 5 months of clinical mentorship.
The course is a joint continuing education endeavor of the Department of Speech Pathology of the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) and the Technological INtervention in Giving Augmentative/Alternative Communication to individuals with communication disabilities (TINIG AAC) project. This course is duly recognized by the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP).
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
conduct an AAC assessment
write a comprehensive AAC assessment report
formulate an appropriate AAC intervention plan
conduct evidenced-based AAC intervention procedures
value the role of utilizing current evidence in improving an AAC intervention plan
produce a batch project that will contribute to the enhancement of the practice of AAC intervention in the Philippines
August (3rd or 4th week)
Awarding of certificates to participants in the previous run
Orienting the current participants and clients
Screening in Clinic for Therapy Services
Follow-up screening of clients in the previous run
Screening of current/new clients
Endorsing of AAC device
Awarding of iPads to current/new clients
Training of application programming
September to December
Theoretical course work (16 once-a-week sessions at the
College of Allied Medical Professions, University of the Philippines Manila;
3-hrs per session; Saturdays, 5:30-8:30pm PST)
January to May
Clinical mentorship (16 to 20 once-a-week online sessions; 3-hrs per session;
Fridays, 5:30-8:30am PST)
Submission of the batch project
To earn certification as an AAC Specialist, the participant should:
attend at least 80% of the total course hours (i.e. theoretical course work and clinical mentorship). Should the participant incur 20% or more absences, s/he will automatically be dropped from the course.
garner at least 40 % for each component of the course, thus earning a final grade of 80% or better. Grading criteria is as follows:
Should the incurred grade be lower than 80%, the participant will be advised on the component that needs improvement. S/he will be given another opportunity to gain the expected competencies by re-taking the final exam (if s/he garnered less than 40% in the theoretical component) and/or conducting supplementary case presentation (if s/he garnered less than 40% in the mentorship component).
TinigAAC Client Recipient
One of the clients of the SLP participant may receive an AAC device from the TINIG AAC project. To be considered as a TINIG AAC recipient, the client should meet the following criteria:
be functionally non-verbal or highly unintelligible (i.e., intelligible <50% of the time) to unfamiliar listeners
may have any diagnosis; may be wheelchair-bound or ambulatory
come from a family who cannot typically afford to buy a high-tech communication system (e.g. iPads with communication apps) but has enough resources to sustain basic needs and sustain regular trips to therapy
willing to be videotaped and photographed for clinical documentation, education, research, thanking donors, and promotion of the program for future fundraising
has a good history of attendance and family involvement during therapy with the AAC specialist candidate OR at the UPM-CAMP Clinic for Therapy Services
able to understand some English in functional conversation (since apps are still in the English language)
The SLP participant will be responsible for coordinating with the TINIG AAC project should one of his/her clients meet the listed criteria. The number of pediatric (3 to 17 years old) and adult (18 years old and up) beneficiaries per run of the project should be equal.