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Supporting Successful Transitions for Adolescents with Complex Communication Needs

McNaughton, D., Kennedy, P., & Light, J. (2012). Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting Successful Transitions for Adolescents with Complex Communication Needs. Presentation at 15th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in Pittsburgh, PA.     The materials below provide additional information on  the four main goals of successful transitions: A safe […]

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Individuals with autism spectrum disorders

Challenge Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty with communication – approximately 20% of children with ASD may not use speech as their primary mode of communication. For these individuals, AAC can support communication for social participation, academic learning, and language development. Research has shown that children with ASD can learn to use AAC […]

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Web Resources

  We have developed a variety of free web resources, including Websites The Early Intervention for Young Children website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with special needs .   The Literacy Website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners […]

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Transition

Challenge Like all individuals, adolescents  who require AAC  face important challenges as they transition from high school into adult life. Key transition goals include: having a safe and supportive place to live participating in meaningful activities maintaining access to needed services developing friendships and intimate relationships In addressing these goals, many  young adults who require […]

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Improving literacy outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs

Challenge Literacy skills are tremendously important in today’s society; they provide a means to enhance education, improve employment opportunities, develop social relationships, access the Internet, foster personal expression, and provide enjoyable leisure activities. Literacy skills are even more important for individuals who have complex communication needs and have limited speech.  Being able to read and […]

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Research

The overall mission of the Penn State AAC research program is to foster communicative competence, enhance participation, and improve the quality of life for individuals with complex communication needs and their families. Consumers who require AAC and their families are actively involved in all of our research projects. Our research considers issues for individuals with […]

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