Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Offered by: 
Professional Development
Special EducationCCATT


Learn how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can provide support and increase engagement for students with little or no speech. Participants will explore ways to encourage student participation across content areas and provide meaningful access to the curriculum. The effective use of AAC and related Assistive Technology (AT) supports have been shown to improve student progress. This workshop will include an overview of current technology for AAC and AT, strategies and best practices for selection and implementation within the classroom and other settings; and the team process for identification of AAC and AT services.

Audience and Grade Level

Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Education Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Parents; Grades K - 12


12 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 12 PDPs will apply toward the SPED-related requirement for recertification. 


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


  • Dale Gardner-Fox

    Dale Gardner-Fox is an assistive technology specialist who has worked in the field of special education for more than 30 years. She is a physical therapist by training and has completed the NDT training course. Dale has taught at the graduate level, ;provided state-wide training and presented at both local and national conferences in the areas of physical therapy and assistive technology. 

  • Jeanne Tuthill has worked in a variety of settings as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998 and joined the CCATT Center as an assistive technology specialist in 2008. The field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) allows Jeanne to combine her love for working with children and helping them develop their communication skills with her interest in computers and technology.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, the Collaborative will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.