Route 66 Conference

The 2020 Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders will be held on February 28, 2020, at The University of Tulsa.

Note: Registration has now closed.

Building Blocks for Successful AAC Intervention


Trina Becker, MS, CCC/SLP

Trina BeckerTrina Becker is an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, and she is the director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Becker specializes in augmentative and alternative (AAC) communication and is the instructor of the courses Introduction to Communication Disorders, Communication Modalities, AAC for Beginning Communicators, Advanced Speech Sound Disorders and Phonological Assessment and Remediation. She also serves as a clinical supervisor for diagnostics and therapy sessions with the AAC population. Becker also serves as an AAC consultant and has presented to parent and professional groups at both the local and state level.



This presentation will discuss communication ability levels for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Participants will be exposed to a continuum of intervention for AAC users to assist in goal selection. Evidence-based treatment strategies will also be presented.

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify communication ability levels for various AAC users.
  2. Choose appropriate communication systems based on an AAC user’s ability level.
  3. Select goals in all four areas of communicative competence based on a continuum of intervention for AAC users.
  4. Determine appropriate intervention strategies to develop basic communicative functions and increase language skills.


8:00-8:15 a.m.: Breakfast (provided)
8:15-9:00 a.m.: Introduction and communication independence levels
9:00-9:45 a.m.: Choosing appropriate AAC systems based on communication independence levels
9:45-10:00 a.m.: Break
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Continuum of intervention goals and writing AAC goals that assist in progress monitoring
11:35 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Lunch (provided)
12:45-1:45 p.m.: Vocabulary for communication success: Core vs Fringe
1:45-3:00 p.m.: Intervention strategies to develop communicative competence
3:00-3:15 p.m.: Drawing for door prizes
3:15-3:45 p.m.: Apply what you have learned. Practice identifying communication independence levels, writing goals and choosing intervention strategies.
3:15-4:00 p.m.: Wrap-up: question-and-answer session

We look forward to seeing you at this stimulating conference. (Note: Registration has now closed.)


ASHA CEU notice

This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).


Speaker disclosure: Trina Becker
Non-financial disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationships exist for the speaker.
Financial disclosure: The speaker is receiving an honorarium from The University of Tulsa for services delivered during this course.

The Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders is an annual continuing education conference organized and hosted by undergraduate speech-language pathology students at The University of Tulsa. Since 1995, this gathering has provided an opportunity for professionals and students to learn from renowned speakers who specialize in one of the nine main areas of speech-language pathology, including receptive and expressive language delay, speech sound disorders, fluency and feeding and swallowing. We look forward to having you join us at the next conference.