Jen Thistle and Krista Wilkinson receive AAC award

Dr Jenn Thistle and Dr Krista Wilkinson received the 2015 AAC Editors Award for ...

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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“Symbol-Infused Play for Children with CCN” — Presentation

For children with CCN, visual scene displays and other AAC systems that combine people, objects, actions, locations, and other relations are important components of infusing symbols with functional play to build communication, language, and learning.

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“The Effect of a Checklist on School-Based SLPs’ Descriptions of AAC Assessment” — Presentation

There is a significant need for evidence-based practice guidelines that improve school based AAC assessment (Beukelman & Yorkston, 2000; Soto et al., 2001). The results of this study indicate the potential of checklists to improve school-based augmentative and alternative communication assessment and intervention.

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Janice Light and David McNaughton receive ISAAC President’s Award

Congratulations to Janice Light and David McNaughton who received the ISAAC President’s Award at the ISAAC conference in Toronto, Canada

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“Using the iPad to Support Peer Interaction for Children with CCN” — Presentation

Intervention is needed to support peer interactions for young children who use AAC, so they can increase quality of life and realize the benefits of social relationships. Dr. Therrien’s work advances understanding about effective instruction and multimodal means that build opportunities for children with CCN and peers to interact.

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Congratulations to Michelle Therrien!

Congratulations to Michelle Therrien, who successfully defended her dissertation today!

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Jen Thistle and Krista Wilkinson receive AAC award

Dr Jenn Thistle and Dr Krista Wilkinson received the 2015 AAC Editors Award for outstanding student research paper

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