Where to Begin?

ASHA Best Practices for Augmentative Communication

Communication Bill of Rights

The Family Center on Technology and Disabilities

Closing The Gap

Linda Burkhart

Tin Snips

Speaking of Speech

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)

WATI Assessment Forms (PDF)



Silver Lining

Special Education Technology-British Columbia

AAC Institute

Communication Services and Supports for Individuals With Severe Disabilities: FAQs

AAC Tech Connect

Disaster Preparedness for People Who Have Limited Speech

Normal Language Development with AAC Applications (PDF Download)

Topics for Choice Making

  • Foods and Drinks
  • Toy Choices
  • Activity Choices (games, computer, swimming)
  • Places (stores, restaurants, library, playground)
  • Material Choices (crayons, paper, utensils)
  • Clothing and Shoes (colors, clothing items)
  • Actions (go, stop, come, eat, drink, sleep)
  • People
  • Feelings (happy, sad, angry, like, don’t like)
  • Songs

Communication Possibilities

  • Express current intents, but more effectively
  • More effective greeting
  • Selecting clothing, TV shows, music, etc.
  • Express next step in a sequence
  • Initiate communication more
  • Request interactions
  • Express “ready” for an activity
  • Express “finished” with an activity
  • Expand communication opportunities
  • Make more comments
  • Relate to day-to-day occurrences to family members and   friends

Message Selection

  • Requesting wants and needs
  • Making choices
  • Confirming or denying
  • Rejecting and protesting
  • Gaining attention
  • Providing greetings, farewells, social niceties
  • Expressing feelings
  • Making comments
  • Asking for information or help
  • Telling jokes
  • Connecting with peers
  • Asking questions

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