AAC Parent Resource Bank

This page is full of links to web based resources that I think will be helpful to anyone, Parents, SLT students, SLTs new to AAC or Teachers who want to start with AAC. I’m adding new items to this list regularly and will aim to keep track of any links that change or stop working.

Getting started

ACE Centre Getting Started book available to download here https://aacbooks.net/book2/

‘Communication: The Sky’s the Limit’ by Jane Farrall from the Angelman UK conference in 2019 (I was at this in person and it inspired me to use a robust language system rather than selected words).

This blog from AssistiveWare is great for looking up and getting to know some of the key concepts in AAC. Information about AAC can be riddled with jargon. This is a handy glossary to help navigate all of that. 

Simple AAC from Smartbox is a good introduction to the practical aspects of AAC. The website has lots of resources, downloadable leaflets and videos. 

Core Vocabulary

Project Core This is a US project with a wealth of resources for using core word vocabulary including downloads of pages to print and use. There are some learning modules and modules 1-3 cover beginning with and understanding core vocabulary.

Modelling/ Aided Language Stimulation

Project Core This is a US project with a wealth of resources for using core word vocabulary including downloads of pages to print and use. There are some learning modules and modules 3 and 4 cover modelling. 

This is a super video by Chris Bugaj  from the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team Youtube Channel

Literacy

The Book Comprehensive Literacy for All by Karen A Erikson and David A. Koppenhaver is a great resource bringing together much of the current thinking about literacy. The thing I LOOOOVE about this book is that it’s very clear from the start that the book really is about literacy for ALL learners. 

The Lomah podcast season 5 episodes 131-145 focus on literacy using Comprehensive Literacy for All as a framework there are interviews with some leading minds in literacy development.

Hardware and Software

There are numerous companies providing hardware and software to support AAC. Here are the websites of some of the companies. They often have support and resources on their websites that can be used across systems. 

https://thinksmartbox.com

https://www.assistiveware.com

https://www.liberator.co.uk

https://uk.tobiidynavox.com

Assessment

Assessments will usually be carried out by professionals however there are some that are targeted at parents too. The Communication Matrix is free to use up to a certain number of assessments per year (5, so plenty for a parent) and gives a profile of communication strengths. 

Representational Hierarchy

I’ve included this article by Gayle Porter and Linda Burkhart as it’s about one of the most common misconceptions in AAC. When I was at university we were taught that children needed to be able to match objects to objects and then to photographs before we would even think about more abstract symbols like those we commonly use in AAC. The need to progress in this way is widely discredited and this article by two experts supports that. I include it here as you may encounter professionals who still wish to work in this way.