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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ISAAC 2014 – Presentations by Penn State Faculty and Students

Penn State faculty and students will be presenting at the 16th Biennial ISAAC conference in Lisbon, Portugal (July 19 – 24th, 2014) . We look forward to talking and learning with everyone!

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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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Spring 2014 comes to a close, but the participants on the Children’s Communicative Competence Project are taking off!

A wide range of learning opportunities are designed to prepare future SLPs to provide high quality evidence-based services to children who have complex communication needs.

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