Support for your communication journey

Stepping Into AAC

Despite the growing amount of AAC information that is available, parents of children with very limited language struggle to support their children’s communicative development. Stepping Into AAC is a program to support your individual’s communication journey.

 

Stepping Into AAC 

  • Introduces you to Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Guides you through the early months of using new communication tools and strategies
  • Offers resources to engage school teams and other caregivers

The program is divided into 20 parts with the intention to complete one part a week. There are activities, resources and videos to guide you along the way. Our hope is that you find support and inspiration whether you are just getting started with AAC, seeking momentum or looking to learn more about AAC.

Click to see the Format of Each Week

Get Started with Week 1

Or select another week to pick up where you left off.

Meet the Creators

Dr. Carole Zangari is a Professor in the Speech Language Pathology department at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Zangari serves as the Executive Director of the Broward satellite of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  She is a frequent presenter on AAC topics at international and national conferences.

Dr. Zangari is the co-editor of Practically Speaking Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students with AAC Needs and co-author of TELL ME: AAC in the Preschool Classroom and TELL ME Más: CAA en el Aula Preescolar.
She blogs at  www.PrAACticalAAC.org

Rachael Langley is a seasoned speech-language pathologist, specializing in Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). With 20+ years in the field, she’s an advocate for supporting students with complex communication needs within inclusive school settings.

Rachael is a co-founder of the #TalkingAAC non-profit, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Most recently, Rachael began working with AssistiveWare as an independent contractor, focusing on school implementation and product development. To share her skill and experience, Rachael presents at state, national, and international conferences on topics related to AAC implementation. Her creative side thrives by designing AAC-related graphics and materials.

Tabi Jones-Wohleber is an AAC-focused SLP supporting families through the WV Birth to Three program.  She previously worked as a school-based Assistive Technology Team leader for 17 years. Tabi created the widely shared Model as a MASTER PAL training series, and has authored chapters on AAC implementations in various texts. 

Tabi has worked with Angelman syndrome family organizations in multiple countries, and presents on AAC-related topics at state, national, and international conferences.

Michaela Ball is a CF-SLP who works with students in the Canyons School District in Sandy, UT and serves on the district’s assistive technology team.

She began her journey working in film as a production sound recordist and now uses her filmmaking skills in conjunction with providing speech and language intervention to individuals ages 3-22. She is also the editor of Talking With Tech, an AAC podcast. She enjoys discussing AAC, acoustics and sound art.

Krista Larson is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and owner of Utter Brilliance Therapy Services, serving families in South Florida and the island of Trinidad. She has a passion for guiding and supporting families throughout their AAC journeys.

Krista has presented at the national level and has held AAC workshops for families and clinicians in the Caribbean. She is enjoying life as a new mom. 

Pick Up Where you Left Off

Weeks 11 – 20 coming soon

Questions and Support

If you need help or advice along your communication journey, we invite you to join the ASF Communication & AAC Facebook group. Ask questions, get advice and join the conversation.

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