SAC Workshop: Let’s Talk “AAC” and Start With “WHY”!

Tammy McEachern Hughes, B.A., M.A., RSLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP
May 31 2019
Speech-Language Pathology
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Presented by Tammy McEachern Hughes, B.A., M.A., RSLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

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May 31, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (PDT) in Vancouver, BC


Vancouver, BC

Venue – More details will follow.


Delegates Type Early Bird (April 30, 2019) Regular
SAC Member $235 $285
Non-Member $385 $435
SAC Student Associate $120 $145
Student Non-Associate $195 $220
SAC Communication Health Assistant Associate $150 $185
Communication Health Assistant Non-Associate $280 $315


Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given after April 30, 2019. A $60 administration fee will apply to ALL refunds. All refunds will be issued after the workshop.


Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Students

This session pertains to: Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)

Level: Introductory/Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has little to general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)


In this workshop, we will explore and discuss augmentative alternative communication (AAC), including the benefits and strategies of using AAC with clients. Specifically, we will address the following questions:

  • Why is AAC important? 
  • How does AAC work?
  • When should AAC start?
  • Where do you find AAC support/guidance?
  • What can you do with AAC?
  • Who needs AAC?

In addition to an interactive presentation, participants will take part in breakout groups where Inter District Augmentative Alternative Communication (IDAAC) specialists will support these small group discussions.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain basic knowledge of AAC tools and strategies that can fully support the communication needs of your clients/students.
  • Build capacity and discuss the application of AAC knowledge within assessment and intervention.
  • Recognize that some AAC interventions involve complex technology and require access to interprofessional AAC Specialists.
  • Confirm that collectively we assume competence and support the skill development of potential communication partners.

This workshop is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).

Presenter Biography

Tammy McEachern Hughes, B.A., M.A., RSLP, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Tammy McEachern Hughes’ career spans over 30 years. Throughout her career, she has worked in the public health sector, paediatric outpatient health, private practice, community-based adult services, an expanded level augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) clinic and in the educational system specializing in AAC. Tammy is the District SLP/AAC Specialist in Langley SD35, teaches the AAC course in UBC’s Faculty of Education and chairs the Inter-District Augmentative Alternative Communication (IDAAC) group. Tammy has extensive device/computer programming experience, is familiar with Special Education Technology British Columbia (SET-BC) and has developed many techniques and strategies for clients with AAC needs.