AAC Teaching Supports & Strategies

Key to successful AAC communication systems is teaching the student how to use the system.    This involves integrating the teaching of the system throughout the day in meaningful classroom routines, teaching staff how to promote independent use of the system and planning for generalized use to new sitatuations.

Building Communication Opportunities

Providing meaning practice in daily situation requires careful planning.  Ann Kaiser provides several ways to arrange for environment to build communcation opportunities in  primary school environments. Click below to download this resource.  Environmental inventory of classroom activitites and routines also provide a framework for building communication into existing classroom structure.  Click below to download a sample of AAC Opportuniies in the School Day and an AAC School Day Planning grid.

Promoting Independent & Spontaneous AAC Use

“The ultimate measure of a successful intervention is the extent to which it results in functional, unprompted communication across environments and people” (Mirenda, 2003).  To promote spontaneous communication, Janice Light (JSHR 1992) recommends the following practices:

  1. Provide opportunities for initiation
  2. Allow time and opportunity for the student to respond
  3. Be responsive to AAC use
  4. Provide more opportunities to use more complex messages

See articles below on promoting spontaneous communication