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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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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Kudos to Ji Young for passing the comprehensive project!

“She has tackled an important and complex issue, and deserves hearty congratulations.” — Krista Wilkinson

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Eva Sweeney, the PSU students were unanimous: “It was a great learning experience.”

Our thanks to Eva for her insights and expertise!

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Congratulations 2014 New Century Scholar, Jess Gosnell Caron!

Jess’ research interests include (a) improvement of literacy outcomes; (b) enhancement of display design for high tech communication methods; and (c) expansion of social networks and communication modalities (e.g. access to social media), for persons who use AAC.

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The PSU AAC Community thanks Godfrey Nazareth!

“…communication is not done solely through the words that are spoken, but those said with your heart.” — Godfrey Nazareth

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