Meghan O'Brien, USA

Boston Children's Hospital


Meghan O’Brien, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist in the Augmentative Communication Program and ALS Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has specialized in augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) for 13 years. She is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Meghan previously worked as the lead AAC consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles on AAC innovations and implementation, and lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to AAC.


Oct 16th 2019.
  9:00 - 10:30 a.m.    

AAC: Evidence Based Practice for Best Independent Success

About session

This session will use case examples to highlight the dynamic AAC assessment process, use of evidence-based trials to ensure appropriate system selection, and prompting strategies for therapeutic intervention. Case examples will focus on practical application of research-based strategies to optimize outcomes for children who communicate via AAC. Time will be spent describing strategies that are not recommended due to lack of scientific validity (e.g., Facilitated Communication and Rapid Prompting Method).

In this lecture, you will learn:

  • why to perform evidence-based AAC system trials,
  • how to collect data on AAC system use,
  • why to fade prompting when providing instructional support.
Oct 17th 2019.
  3:30 - 4:15 p.m.    

Student session

About session

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