Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)



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 this training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 12 PDPs will apply toward the Special Education-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.


  • Jeanne Tuthill has worked in a variety of settings as a certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998 and joined the Center as an assistive technology specialist in 2008. She has presented on a variety of AT topics at both local and national conferences, and served as an instructor for a number of DESE statewide Assistive Technology courses.

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    Maggie Wurm is a bilingual (English/Spanish) certified Assistive Technology Specialist. She earned her certification after completing the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program through CSUN. Maggie started in the field of Early Intervention working directly with children with a variety of disabilities and found her love of working with this population. She also brings a valuable parent perspective through her hands-on experience living with Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for the past 15 years. Maggie joined CES' CCATT center in 2018, where she brings her unique and extensive experience to the team as a co-evaluator and consultant to area schools.

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, CES 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 7 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.