Where to Begin?

AAC Institute


AAC Resources from Gail Van Tatenhove

AAC Tech Connect

ASHA Best Practices for Augmentative Communication

Closing The Gap

Communication and Autism

Communication Bill of Rights

Disaster Preparedness for People Who Have Limited Speech

Emergency Communication Boards for People Who Have Limited Speech

Everyone Communicates

Linda Burkhart


Project Salute

Tin Snips

Special Education Technology-British Columbia

Speaking of Speech

WATI Assessment Forms (PDF)

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)

Topics for Choice Making

  • Foods and Drinks
  • Toy Choices
  • Activity Choices (games, computer, swimming)
  • Places (stores, restaurants, library, playground)
  • Material Choices (crayons, paper, utensils)
  • Clothing and Shoes (colors, clothing items)
  • Actions (go, stop, come, eat, drink, sleep)
  • People
  • Feelings (happy, sad, angry, like, don’t like)
  • Songs

Communication Possibilities

  • Express current intents, but more effectively
  • More effective greeting
  • Selecting clothing, TV shows, music, etc.
  • Express next step in a sequence
  • Initiate communication more
  • Request interactions
  • Express “ready” for an activity
  • Express “finished” with an activity
  • Expand communication opportunities
  • Make more comments
  • Relate to day-to-day occurrences to family members and   friends

Message Selection

  • Requesting wants and needs
  • Making choices
  • Confirming or denying
  • Rejecting and protesting
  • Gaining attention
  • Providing greetings, farewells, social niceties
  • Expressing feelings
  • Making comments
  • Asking for information or help
  • Telling jokes
  • Connecting with peers
  • Asking questions

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