Beyond the Basics: AAC Implementation


This hands-on course will build on the information presented in the Introduction to AAC course offered in the Spring of 2013, with a focus on how to implement AAC in the classroom and community. Participants will create an implementation toolkit, including items such as an “alternative pencil” for writing tasks, a low cost easel, and a manual core-based communication board (using Boardmaker software).

Emphasis will be on increasing engagement of AAC users throughout the curriculum and participants will create a standards-based literacy unit.  There will also be an opportunity to explore a variety of ways to increase access through technology (Classroom Suite, Clicker 6, Boardmaker Plus, and iOS apps).

Beyond the Basics will use hands-on activities, including make-and-take low tech materials, to explore how to develop AAC supports and materials and implement them in a variety of settings. The focus of this course is on students with moderate-severe disabilities.  We will explore a variety of AAC systems – including PODD (Pragmatic Organization for Dynamic Display), Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, Dynavox Series V (InterAACt), and PRC (Prentke Romich) – to demonstrate best practices for vocabulary selection and design.  We will also discuss appropriate uses for mid-tech devices to supplement AAC systems.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe and demonstrate strategies for vocabulary selection and development within an AAC system
  • Demonstrate the ability to model a message using a variety of AAC system (low to high tech)
  • Demonstrate strategies for teaching new curriculum-based vocabulary and concepts within an AAC system
  • Design and create low tech supports for communication for a wide variety of users
  • Design, create and demonstrate the hierarchy of social scripts and creating opportunities for quick social communication

ASHA CEUs InformationThe course prerequisite is the Introduction to AAC course. Participants who have not taken this course may request permission from instructors to waive the prerequisite.

The course offers participants 12 PDPs and 1.2 ASHA CEUs.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.