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.
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, MA, CCC-SLP
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.
Michaela Ball, CF-SLP
Michaela Ball is a CF-SLP who works with students in the Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah 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.
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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