Courses

Jass wearing her AAC device, smiliing and looking happy
At Angelman Academy our chief mission is to revolutionize the education of individuals with Angelman Syndrome to allow them to reach their fullest potential. The primary way we do this is by offering high quality, practical online courses to inform and empower caregivers and professionals to become experts in teaching individuals with Angelman Syndrome.
Our courses are clear, concise and affordable. When you purchase one of our courses, through our partners at XceptionalED, you receive continuous access to that online course. This means you may take the course at your own pace and in your own time, at any time of the day or night. You may continue to access that course for as long as you like, each course stays available online for at least three years from the date it is posted.
Additionally, most courses rated intermediate or advanced have been created in such a way that they are submissible to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and other relevant professional accreditation associations for professional development credits. Please check your course before purchase to ensure it meets the requirements to submit for credit. You will need to complete an online quiz to receive the paperwork needed for submission.
Quincy wearing her glases and using her AAC device
Quincy wearing her glases and using her AAC device
INTRODUCTION TO AAC
This course, running about one hour, introduces those new to Augmentative and Alternative Communication to the basics of supporting those with complex communication needs through various communication options, especially picture symbol based communication systems, both electronic and non-electronic. We will cover underlying principles of AAC, the functions of language, the concept of presuming potential, and the communication bill of rights. Then we will move our focus to vocabulary arrangement in AAC systems. Finally, we will review some of the research behind AAC and those with complex communication needs and/or developmental disabilities.
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GETTING STARTED WITH AAC
Motivate, Model, and Move Out of the Way
Designed for parents and caregivers who have a new AAC system or are beginning again with an AAC system, this course starts by discussing robust vocabulary systems and various vocabulary arrangements. The remainder of the course focuses on using the concept of "Motivate, Model, Move Out of the Way' to help early and emergent AAC users become engaged with their AAC system and learn to use it. This course teaches communication partners how to support AAC users by using the system to talk to them, as well as using physical space, wait time and an adapted prompt hierarchy.
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VISUAL SUPPORTS AND VIDEO MODELS FOR AAC
This course focuses on the use of visual supports, such as signs, aided language communication displays and caregiver created materials to increase the ability of communication partners to support those who use AAC and AAC users themselves in growing their skills. Finally, it will explain how video models for AAC are such an effective tool for building language skills and then teaches how to create video models.
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ANGELMAN SYNDROME, APRAXIA, ANXIETY AND AAC
This course looks intensively at the interaction of the neurological motor planning disorder of apraxia/dyspraxia as seen in Angelman Syndrome and the anxiety which is often present in those same individuals. We explore how anxiety and apraxia together can lead to sometimes negative communication related behaviors, as well as other possible causes of such behaviors. Then we will look at options to support teaching communication, self-regulation and other skills to allow individuals with Angelman Syndrome to display more consistent positive behaviors and have an improved quality of life.
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