AAC Essentials

AAC Essentials Courses

AAC Essentials Courses are designed to increase your understanding of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for your particular role. We have four different courses. Enroll in a course that is best tailored to your role. 

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AAC Essentials – For Supports Coordinators

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AAC Essentials – For Family, Friends, and Supporters

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AAC Essentials – For Administrators and Leaders

Each course is designed to value your time and give you practical information. The lessons are short and you can do them whenever you like. Plan to spend between 2 - 3 hours on a course.

If you need or want a Certificate of Completion, please choose one of the four courses.  If you are interested in information about AAC and don't want to enroll in a course, check out all the lessons.

Lesson Activities

Each lesson has an activity for you to check your understanding of the lesson. The activities are NOT connected to the Certificate of Completion. These activities are for your information only. You will take a short quiz at the end of the course to receive your certificate.

Speech Generating Devices

We recognize that the term AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) refers to a variety of communication methods including things like body language, texting, and sign language. However, most people use the term “AAC device” to mean a Speech Generating Device, an electronic device that someone uses to press buttons and say words. Because of this common usage, we will use the term “AAC device” to mean “Speech Generating Device” in this series.

Funded By

Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs
Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

Design and Development

Kim Singleton, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Director of Assistive Technology Programs
Institute on Disabilities
Temple University

Content Lead

Hali Strickler, MA, CCC-SLP
AAC Services Coordinator
Institute on Disabilities

TechOWL Contributors

Sandi McNally, MA
Caitlin McKenney, MA ATP
Alanna Raffel, MS, OTR/L
Tom DiAgostino, MA
Kathryn Helland, MS, CCC-SLP

TechOWL Reviewers

Jule Ann Lieberman, CLVT/CATIS
Katie Fetterolf
Yvette Bolden
Laura Grassia
Eli Youngs