Welcome to AAC at PSU

The Penn State AAC community of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are dedicated to enhancing communication and improving the overall quality of life for individuals who have complex communication needs and their families. We are seeking to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental apraxia, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, ALS /Lou Gehrig’s disease and many other disabilities through the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)  such as signs, light tech symbols, high tech speech generating devices, etc.

We focus on three main areas in our work:

  • Research to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs
  • Undergraduate and graduate education to prepare professionals to meet the needs of individuals who require AAC and their families as well as a doctoral-level program to prepare future researchers and leaders in the AAC field
  • Service delivery (AAC assessment and intervention services) and outreach to meet the communication needs of individuals who require AAC and their families…..more
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Publishing in the AAC journal: Strategies for success — Presentation

This panel discussion described the submission and review process for the AAC journal.

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Multiculturalism and Emotion and the Implications for AAC Design – Presentation

Emotional competencies are closely related to children’s ability to communicate, learn, and interact socially and ultimately their quality of life. This synthesis supports needs for culturally sensitive assessment and intervention for early development of emotional competencies in children with CCN.

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Dr. Drager visits Centre for Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Dr. Drager travels to South Africa as part of the PSU AAC Community’s commitment to cross-cultural exchange and collaboration.

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“Talking about Emotions Using Culturally Sensitive AAC” — Publication

Based on research findings, Ji Young Na’s article emphasizes that we can begin by supporting families and professionals to have a better awareness about the need for individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCNs) to have access to emotion language in their AAC systems, beyond happy, sad, angry, so they can have meaningful conversations about their feelings, opinions, interests, and beliefs, as well as their wants and needs.

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Now Available: “All Children Can and Should Have the Opportunity to Learn” — Publication

The goal of this study was to identify and understand the strategies that teachers have used to support and facilitate the inclusion of children with ASD who use AAC.

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Congratulations, Dr. Thistle!

Celebrating the milestones of PSU PhD scholars.

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