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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Representing AAC vocabulary for young children — Publication

Penn State grad Smita Worah’s work on developmentally appropriate symbols for young children with complex communication needs, ” A comparison of two approaches for representing AAC vocabulary for young children”, was recently published in the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

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Spring and the Children’s Communicative Competence Grant (2015)

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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Celebrating Dr. Nimisha Muttiah’s successful Dissertation Defense!

Celebrating the milestones of PhD scholars: We are thrilled for Nimisha, and of the incredible impact she will have!

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The Power of Play for Beginning Communicators — Presentation

A review of stages of play through typical development can be used to discuss challenges for children with CCN and use AAC, and inform interventions to promote more effective communication.

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Teaching Active Listening Skills to Pre-Service SLPs — Publication

Both participants and parents of children who use AAC described the post-instruction interactions more positively than the pre-instruction interactions, suggesting that the pre-service SLPs benefited from the instruction.

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Celebrating Nimisha Muttiah’s ASHFoundation Graduate Student Scholarship!

Heartfelt accolades to Nimisha on this well-deserved honor!

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