This grant responds to the nationwide, critical shortage of Ph.D. faculty who are prepared to conduct research and preservice training of speech language pathologists (SLPs) to improve services and results for high need children with complex communication needs.
This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs . The website provides guidelines for early intervention specifically designed for children with complex communication needs, including children with: Autism spectrum disorders Cerebral palsy Down syndrome Multiple disabilities The website provides: Step-by-step guidelines […]
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, […]
This session focused on the design of aided AAC systems specifically for young children and beginning communicators. The use of visual scene displays (VSDs) with young children and with older individuals who are beginning communicators was presented.
Drager, K. & Light, J. (2011, July). Children’s representations of early language concepts: Implications for designing symbols. Presentation at 8th Eastern and Central European Regional Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference, Warsaw, Poland. In this session, we presented the results of a research study that investigated typically developing young children’s graphic representations of early emerging language concepts. […]
Employment is a key issue in the lives of many individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In this free webcast, David McNaughton and Anthony Arnold share research findings on key supports to employment for individuals who use AAC, and describe the employment success stories of a variety of individuals who use AAC.