Expanding for Tomorrow

Expanding for Tomorrow

Expanding for Tomorrow is the fourth cluster of concepts for the Consider Communication project.

These concepts help us make decisions about how to help someone broaden and grow their communication methods.

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Opening The Box

Now what? This can be an exciting time for everyone involved in the life of the person getting the AAC…
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Who Does What?

Who is part of the AAC decision-making team? Person needing AAC. They should have as much input as possible in…
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Choosing Words

What is a Robust Vocabulary? Much of the power of the AAC is the vocabulary selected and the symbols that…
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Consider Changes

As each of us faces a life change or transition, we adjust our needs and behaviors to respond to the…
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Consider The Gap

We need to consider any gap between what a person can understand and what they can say. Receptive communication is…
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Consider Understanding

As listeners, we go through several steps to understanding what someone says. First, we must be able to perceive the…
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Consider Imitation

If you are considering a more robust way to communicate, look at a person’s imitation skills. Imitation skills can help…
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Consider Frustration

Is there a problem with the person’s level of frustration and/or challenging behavior? Sometimes, using a more robust system of…
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Ready or Not?

Are there certain skills a person needs before starting to learn AAC? We used to think that was true. Sometimes…
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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.