Basic Ideas

Basic Ideas

Basic Ideas is the first cluster of concepts for the Consider Communication project.

These ideas serve as a foundation for supporting people with complex communication.

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A symbol can be anything that represents something else. A symbol can be a photo, a line drawing, a word,…
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AAC – Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Assistive Technology for Communication includes many tools and technology. These may be used to help with hearing, speaking, reading, &…
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The Setting Matters

What a person says can have different meanings depending on the setting. The context provides additional meaning to the conversation.…
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The “Best” Way to Communicate

Each person intuitively figures out what methods work for them. Our job is to watch carefully and take note. A…
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Communication is a human right.

What are Human Rights? Human rights are those things that we should have because we are alive. Everyone is entitled…
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Aided Communication

Aided communication (aided comm) can be simple or complex. It might be as simple as writing with a pencil. It…
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Natural Communication

Natural communication is the way most people exchange information. This happens without any technology, aids or tools. We use our…
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Behavior Communicates.

People’s actions always express something. There are many ways to communicate a message. We all use our behavior to communicate.…
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What is AT?

Technology for most people is ‘generic technology’. People all use some kind of technology or tools. Telephones, door locks, lamps,…
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About Consider Communication

Consider Communication is a project developed to support people with complex communication needs.

The intended consumers of these activities and ideas include but is not limited to:

  • family members
  • direct support providers
  • friends
  • educators
  • health workers
  • people with complex communication needs
  • other interested people

The ideas and concepts that anchor Consider Communication are on this website.

Activities include a full-day learning opportunity as well as follow-up small group video talks.

Developed by

The content has been developed and curated by

Kim Singleton, MS, CCC-SLP

Kathryn Helland, MA CCC-SLP

Kathy Beatty, MA CCC-SLP


Made possible by

The Consider Communication project is made possible through a collaboration between Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs and the TechOWL @ Institute on Disabilities @ Temple University.

TechOWL - Technology for Our Whole Lives is a combination of statewide assistive technology programs including the Assistive Technology Act Program for Pennsylvania.