Implementation Toolkit

Valuable, real-life resources and suggestions for implementing AAC to encourage successful communication. The Implementation Toolkit is a collection of video and print-based resources created to help you facilitate successful interaction using AAC.

Learning Paths

Not sure what you're looking for? With "Learning Paths", you can enjoy browsing through hundreds of resources to find videos and handouts, organized by topic, that fit your specific needs.

AAC 101
This learning path presents essential information about AAC including definitions of terms (e.g., What is AAC and who can use it?, What are symbols?, What is word prediction?, What is a selection method?) as well as foundational ideas and techniques (Moving Beyond Requesting, Questions that Expand C...

AAC Myths Revealed
Beliefs about AAC exist among families, caregivers and professionals. Some are true, others are false. Our “AAC Myths Revealed” series discusses common myths about AAC and the research that proves them to be inaccurate.

Articles-at-a-Glance
These resources summarize the findings of researchers regarding AAC.

Communication Partner Techniques
Communication partners and assistants play an important role in enhancing independence in communication and encouraging use of more complex language skills. The five techniques presented in these resources can be used to expand communication skills in AAC users of varying ages and communication abi...

Training Plans for Communication Partner Techniques
Do you need to learn or train others to be skilled communication partners? Would you like to select the training plan that best fits your needs and requires little preparation on your part? These training plans are for you! This learning path contains an Overview of the training plans as well as...

Opening the Box - Series 5
These resources are designed to assist you in "opening the box" to successful communication. Use these resources if you have just received your device or would like an orientation to the Series 5 (Maestro, V+, and Vmax+). We will help you create a custom user based on age and communication ability...

Opening the Box - Xpress
These resources are designed to assist you in "opening the box" to successful communication. Use these resources if you have just received your device or would like an orientation to the Xpress. We will help you learn the language and communication contents of the device and walk you through intro...

Opening the Box - Tango
This learning path consists of video and print resources to assist you in “Opening the Box” to successful implementation of the Tango. Use these resources to help you get started using the Tango. You will be able to download various materials to be used with Emergent and Context-Dependent Communic...

Introduction to InterAACt
This learning path contains print and video resources introducing the foundations and language elements in InterAACt. Use these resources to become familiar with InterAACt, to learn how to introduce language elements to augmented communicators and train communication partners.

Teaching Vocabulary in InterAACT
How do you teach the vocabulary in InterAACT? These lesson/therapy plans contain activities that will help you. Use them in 1:1 or group sessions as well as in classrooms. They can be modified for individuals varying in age and language skills.

Operational Skills
Operational skills such as turning on the device, charging, carrying, positioning and retrieving it as well as navigating through screens, programming and caring for it increase independence and consistency in use of AAC. Learn why these skills are so important and how to teach them with this learn...

Personal Narratives - Telling My Stories
Personal Narratives help us establish and maintain relationships and share who we are as well as increasing communication and language skills. These resources provide an introduction to personal narratives, assist you in making decisions about what narratives to store and how to do so.

Tools for AAC Users
The handouts and worksheets in this learning path share ideas that will assist AAC users in more successfully commmunicating with others by preparing for communication events and using a variety of communication methods. Communication partners and assistants will benefit from familiarity with these...

AAC in the Classroom
There are unique challenges when implementing AAC in the classroom setting. This learning path provides information and resources to assist you in expanding student's ability to participate in the curriculum while building communication skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

Autism and AAC
Individuals with autism have unique strengths and needs. The resources in this learning path reveal the role of AAC for individuals with autism in the areas of communication, socialization and behavior.

Aphasia and AAC
Communication challenges associated with aphasia can significantly impact one's ability to interact with others and participate in desired activities. The resources in this learning path reveal the role of AAC tools and techniques for individuals with aphasia as well as providing support to impleme...

ALS and AAC
Augmentative communication can make a signficant impact in the lives of individuals with ALS to maintain social roles and personal autonomy across environments. This learning path provides resources to expand knowledge and meet communication needs.

AAC and Adult Users
Use of AAC offers adults with severe communication impairments (whether congential or acquired) a way to take on or return to adult social roles and to more effectively participate in life activities. This learning path provides resources focusing on the needs of these adults and those who support ...

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Implementation Toolkit

The Implementation Toolkit is a collection of video and print-based resources created to help you facilitate successful interaction using AAC.

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