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Coaching Communication Partners To Support AAC Implementation

  • 10 Nov 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (AEDT)
  • Online via zoom



Coaching Communication Partners To Support AAC Implementation

Agosci has proudly partnered with Liberator to bring this 3-hour LIVE international webinar


Presented by Chris Bugaj and Rachel Madel

It takes practice to learn any skill. Want to become better at dribbling a basketball? You need practice. Want to learn how to play the guitar? You need practice. Want to become a communication partner who effectively demonstrates and teaches language to users of AAC? You need practice!

Practice alone, however, does not make perfect. Instead, perfect practice makes perfect. To become a more effective communication partner who is practicing perfectly, feedback and guidance are important factors.

Participants will learn a systematic structure that can be implemented in either face-to-face or virtual learning environments for how to develop and foster skills in others so they can become effective communication partners and coaches. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the terms coaching and consulting and outline at least one difference.
  2. Examine effective methodologies for delivering asynchronous and synchronous coaching experiences.
  3. Discuss an evidence-based, multi-step process of structuring coaching sessions.
  4. Discuss a personalized approach to establishing communication partner outcomes based on micro-resolutions.

Webinar Details

Join us for a LIVE 3-hour online webinar with Chris and Rachel. A recording will be available for a limited time afterwards.

Start times

QLD: 9am

NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS: 10am

SA: 9:30am

NT: 8:30am

WA: 7am


Chris Bugaj, M.A., CCC-SLP

Christopher R. Bugaj  is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools.

Chris co-hosts the Talking With Tech podcast featuring interviews and conversations about augmentative and alternative communication and has hosted The A.T.TIPSCAST; a multiaward winning podcast featuring strategies to design educational experiences.

Chris is the author of The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome For All,published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Chris is the co-author of Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year and The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools both of which are also published by ISTE.

Chris co-authored two chapters for a book published by Brookes Publishing titled Technology Tools for Students with Autism. Chris coproduces and coauthors the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages.

Chris has presented over 500 live or digital sessions at local, regional, state, national and international events, including TEDx.

Rachel Madel M.A., CCC-SLP

Rachel Madel M.A., CCC-SLP is a board-certified pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children with various communication disorders including autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, down syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and other developmental disorders. She has owned a private practice in Los Angeles since 2014 that provides speech therapy services to children from birth to adulthood. 

Rachel’s clinical expertise focuses on the use of technology in the development of foundational language skills for children who are minimally verbal or emergent communicators. She specializes in the assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for children both as a primary means for communication, but also as a tool with broader application for teaching receptive/expressive language skills. Additionally, she works supporting older students through the use of various assistive technology.

In addition to her clinical practice, Rachel has presented to thousands of clinicians both nationally and abroad on using technology to support children with complex communication needs. She co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Talking with Tech” that has over 300,000 downloads and reaches listeners in over 54 countries. Her work has been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Speech Science, Praactical AAC, Xceptional Ed, Teachers with Apps, Child NEXUS, USSAAC, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and Education Talk Radio.

Rachel holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice speech pathology in California, Pennsylvania and Texas. She graduated with honors from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in speech-language and hearing. In 2019, Rachel won an “Outstanding Leadership” award from California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA).

Disclosure and Sponsorship

AGOSCI has proudly partnered with Liberator Australia to present this information to our Australian Audience. AGOSCI would like to thank Liberator for their sponsorship and assistance to coordinate this live international online event. 

AGOSCI is an independent body and does not endorse individual products or brands.

AGOSCI acknowledges the presence and contributions of all suppliers and resources available in the Australian AAC marketplace.

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