First Bite #61 – August 20, 2019

“Speechie Side Up” Presents AAC

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the hostess with the mostest Venita Litvack, MA, CCC-SLP, of “The Speechie Side Up” Podcast and SLP Blog. Today they cover all “thangs” AAC. Ever struggled to find credible resources for learning more about theory and history of best practices behind pediatric AAC, or how to implement AA with a complex pediatric patient, or…and here is the kicker…getting the daycare teachers or the ECSE on board with using the device within their classrooms? Venita is here to take those frustrations and worries away! Enjoy the nerdy-gal conversation between two podcasters who love their field and particularly AAC!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 3 resources for learning more about best practices for AAC with their pediatric patients.
  • 3 resources for learning more about best practices for implementing AAC with their pediatric patients.
  • 3 strategies to get “buy-in” from teachers on AAC utilization within a classroom/daycare setting.


Venita Litvack, MA, CCC-SLP

Venita Litvack is a speech-language pathologist currently serving as a full-time Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant for Broward County Public Schools in Broward County, Florida. Venita has a passion for using AAC, AT, and literacy to support individuals with complex communication needs, autism, and other disabilities.

Venita has delivered poster presentations on several topics related to AAC at ASHA. Venita also co-authored two articles published in ASHA Leader’s online publication, as well as the Lou Knows What to Do book series published by Boys Town Press. Recently, Venita started utilizing the power of social media to empower and motivate educators across the country through the Speechie Side Up podcast, blog, Instagram account, and YouTube channel.