AAC In the Classroom - Building Blocks for Success

DynaVox Mayer - Johnson are pleased to present this workshop in association with with Surrey's Physical and Sensory Support Team. This introductory level workshop is designed to walk you step-by-step through the process of using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the classroom.  First, we will discuss expectations for students in different kinds of classrooms and relate these expectations to academic standards.  Next, we will present a process by which you can better use AAC as a tool to help your students achieve success in the classroom.  Using lecture, video, discussion, and small group activities we will uncover four key areas of the process:

  • Identifying opportunities for communication in the classroom

What is happening in the classroom?  What activities are motivating?  What activities are important?  What activities happen frequently?  What changes can you make to current activities so they are better suited to communication?

  • Assessing communication needs within the classroom

What do all students need to communicate in the classroom?  What additional needs does your student have?  What are your goals?  How do these goals relate to state standards?

  • Determining the vocabulary needed for successful classroom participation

What types of vocabulary do we need?  What kind of vocabulary is already in my communication device?  Does the type of vocabulary change based on the type of activity?  How do we learn the vocabulary in the device?

  • Providing the necessary supports for successful use of AAC during classroom activities

What is a Positive Communication Environment?  How do I provide Partner Augmented Input?  What is the Chain of Cues?  How can we use Sabotage?  How can I teach these skills to others?


Throughout the day, we will gather information specific to your AAC user.   By the end of the day, you will have created one lesson/teaching plan supporting the use of AAC during an academic activity and a second plan supporting the use of AAC in a more transactional (interactive) activity. You will leave this session with specific strategies, plans, resources to use when you return to your classroom, and new ideas for teaching others to better support the use of AAC!

Learning Objectives:
  At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • define augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and describe how it can be used to address academic standards
  • name and describe two broad types of vocabulary needed for classroom participation
  • create at least two lesson/teaching plans to support the use of AAC in classroom academic and transactional activities

Target Audience:

  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • General and special educators
  • Para-professionals
  • Assistive Technology Specialists (ATP/ATS)
  • Others involved in the lives of individuals who use AAC

In association with Surrey's Physical and Sensory Support Team.

Nov 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM — 3:30 PM

Runnymeade Centre
Chertsey Road,
Addlestone, SRY KT15 2EP

Euan Robertson



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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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