AAC: Connecting with Language Learners (Presented by NJACE)

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) provides support for those with complex communication needs so that this process progresses along a trajectory independent of the ability to speak. Most AAC language programs are single word based systems that encourage the creation of novel sentences. While this layout, containing all parts of speech, is essential for language development, it does not take into account individuals whose first step in language development is using language chunks/scripts — before they can benefit from word + word sentence building. This webinar will provide a foundation we can share in order to work together to promote ACC programs which will support language development in all AAC users.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • Language development differences
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Current AAC programs available
  • How AAC supports language development
  • Considerations for modifying AAC programs to better match language development patterns
  • How communication partners can support language development


Kate Flaxman, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Advancing Opportunities, Inc.

Marge Blanc, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Communication Development Center

To join this webinar, please visit the NJACE YouTube Channel

This webinar is presented by NJ Autism Center of Excellence.