Ingredients to Successful Modeling

Ingredients to Successful Modeling: SMoRRES and Partner-Augmented Input – Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Part of the USSAAC Webinar Series

Presenters:  Jill Senner, PhD.,CCC-SLP & Matthew Baud, MA, CCC-SLP

Moderated by:  Stephanie Meehan

USSAAC Education Committee:  Sarah Blackstone, Betsy Caporale, Gretchen Cole-Lade, Amy Goldman, Amanda Hettenhausen, Mike Hipple, Richard Hurtig, Stephanie Meehan, Wendy Quach, Lisa Timm

About the Presenters:  Jill E. Senner, PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with 20 years of experience working with children with complex communication needs. She is the owner/director of Technology and Language Center where she specializes in providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) services including assessment, consultation and training, and workshops/lectures. Dr. Senner has presented at numerous national assistive technology conferences and has taught graduate courses in AAC and swallowing disorders. She has published research in the areas of AAC, siblings and disability, and swallowing disorders in cerebral palsy. Matthew R. Baud, MS, CCC-SLP, has been working with AAC for the past 14 years. He currently is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) performing evaluations, trainings and coaching communication partners. Matthew also has his own AAC private practice working with individuals with complex communication needs from birth through adulthood. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Xavier University where he teaches a graduate course in AAC and has presented at national and state conferences. Matthew has published research in the areas of AAC.

Webinar Highlights: Evidence-based research supports the use of partner-augmented input (PAI), also known as aided language modeling, as an intervention strategy for children who use AAC. PAI can be done at home, school, and in the community by a variety of communication partners, including family members, teachers and peers. In this introductory session, attendees learned what PAI is, why it’s important to use, and how to provide models. We used our mnemonic, SMoRRES, to help participants remember the steps to successful modeling. Videotaped demonstrations of strategy are shown.


  • Administrative fees for ASHA CEUs are included in your USSAAC membership. For non-members, the cost is $25.
  • ASHA CEUs are only available for those attending the live webinar.
  • For details, please visit the USSAAC website.



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