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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Celebrating Children’s Communicative Competence students, Fall 2014!

Introducing and welcoming Master’s students joining the Penn State AAC community.

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Congratulations, Dr. Thistle!

In recognition of the hard work and achievement of Penn State doctoral student, Dr. Jennifer Thistle!

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Planning AAC Trainings in Low-Resource Developing Countries — Presentation

While there is an urgent need for AAC services in low-resource developing countries, we have only a limited understanding of how best to support the development of the knowledge and skills of individuals who provide AAC supports in these countries.

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Just-in-Time Technology and VSDs: Adolescents with Severe Disabilities — Presentation

The results of this study contribute to the existing literature that suggests higher expectations for adolescents with severe developmental disabilities with appropriately designed interventions and opportunities for increased communication.

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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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