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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New Research Project: pALS who use AAC and Social Media

We would like to know more about the social media experiences of persons diagnosed with ALS and use AAC to support communication.

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PhD Scholars Present at 29th Annual Graduate Exhibition

Poster presentations by PSU doctoral students reviewed some of their research to date: emphasizing features informing AAC design, a tool for considering emotional literacy, and supports for adults with ASD.

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Research on Online Training for Paraprofessionals – Presentation

Sarah Douglas presented her research on “Online training for paraeducators to support the communication of young children with complex communication needs” at the AAC Colloquium on Monday, March 17. Baby E had a number of important things to say at the beginning of the session, however she then appeared to sleep peacefully through much of [...]

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Research on AAC Intervention for Adolescents with Severe Disabilities — Presentation

Colloquium discussion reviewed on-going research about intervention for school-age and adolescent communicators.

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Congratulations to Ji Young Na on Passing Candidacy!

Celebrating the milestones of PSU PhD scholars.

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ASHA 2013 Presentations by Penn State Faculty and Students

Penn State faculty and students will be presenting at the ASHA 2013 conference in Chicago, Illinois, November 14-16, 2013 . We look forward to talking and learning with everyone!

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