Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. This includes a range of communication such as signing, the use of pictures or communication boards, and speech-generating devices.
AAC and Early Childhood
A webinar about AAC in early childhood research and intervention strategies presented by Rae Sonnenmeier.
Don't Wait to Communicate: Why Your Child Needs AAC
This webinar provides a parent's perspective about the importance of presuming competence in a child's communicative abilities as well as tips for how to plan and build a rich vocabulary for a child using AAC.
A Right to Communicate
This eight minute video highlights the experiences of AAC technology users.
Literacy Instruction in the Inclusive Class
This webinar is presented by a parent who has a graduate degree in education and is a parent of a child with Angelman Syndrome.
Aided Language Stimulation During Reading Using Low-Tech Tools
This video showcases Aided Language Input when reading a booking using low tech tools.
Alberta Assistive Technology for Learning (ATL)
ATL is technology that assists a child's learning. This page provides information about the use of ATL in Alberta and has information for developing an IPP for a student.
AADL Approved Products List - Speech Generating Communication Devices
This page includes the AADL Policy and Procedures document for speech generating communication devices, and a list of approved products.
PrAACtical AAC includes a blog that shares information about implementing AAC strategies, provides resources, and discusses news of interest to the AAC community. Additionally, this site includes an AAC e-tool box
Using a free community membership you can find and share many activities.
Dynamic Learning Maps
This site offers assessment tools so parents and teachers can see if a child meets grade level expectations.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
This website includes links to classroom materials and other useful AAC links.
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This website shares information and promotes innovative approaches to research, technology, and literacy through AAC.
Tar Heel Reader
Tar Heal Reader provides free collection of speech embedded and easy to read e-books.
Open Access Resource Centre
This Manitoba based website includes an overview of different AAC technologies, resources, and training opportunities.
AAC Strategies and Communication Tools
With a focus on pre-kindergarten aged children, this website includes downloadable AAC resources for teachers and families.
Jane Farrell Consulting
This website includes a blog, information about AAC apps and switch apps, with a focus on literacy and AAC.
Vanderbilt University Kid Talk
Vanderbilt KidTalk provides language intervention to young children with disabilities through ongoing research and demonstration projects. The website includes tips for parents and resources for professionals.
You can download, print, and share this list.
This book provides ideas for adaptive play for parents and professionals as well as providing strategies for selecting, making, and adapting play materials for special needs children.
Twenty-eight diverse individuals who use AAC, from teens to senior citizens, give first-person accounts of how living with AAC has affected them, what using AAC is about, and what works (and doesn't work) for them as they face the daily challenges of communication. These touching and humorous stories give insight into how to improve communication supports for AAC users, from AAC users themselves.
Combining the best research-based practices from diverse fields—including special education, vocational rehabilitation, and communication disorders-this essential resource covers every aspect of transition planning for young adults with a wide range of disabilities.
This is the story of a twelve-year-old girl who wants a normal life while living with her brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules—from
a peach is not a funny-looking appleto
keep your pants on in public!—in order to head off his embarrassing behaviours.
Melody Brooks is a disabled, eleven-year-old girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She can't talk, walk, or write. However, she has a photographic memory. No one knows her talent, because she can't communicate. The words are stuck in her head. She was tagged as
severely brain-damaged and profoundly retardedwhen she was five years old. Later she gets a Medi-Talker and is finally able to talk.
Thank you to our friends from Calgary and Area RCSD for their contributions.
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
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