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Using AAC with Birth-Three

This document describes different communicative functions, when to begin AAC, and how to introduce it.
Source: Heather Atkins, MS, CCC-SLP 2004

Introduction to Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

This video developed by The Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) will help caregivers to understand a variety of communication strategies, as well as how and why people communicate.

Getting Started with AAC

This document describes how you can get started with AAC (e.g. offering choices, taking turns, using objects, modelling how to use the AAC system).

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Partner Strategies

This video was developed by The Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) in order provide an overview of strategies used to enhance communication.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) in Everyday Routines

This video was developed by The Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) in order to help caregivers learn why daily routines are important in AAC, and to learn how daily routines can create opportunities for communication.

101+ Ideas for Using Early Communication Devices

This document provides 100+ ideas of how a single message communication device could be used.
Source: www.spectronicsinoz.com

This list was compiled by Barbara Solomonson SLP, MS CCC-SLP with help from others at different message boards and listserves.

Itsy Bitsy Spider (YPRLSP PowerPoint book)

Your child may enjoy watching and listening to this fun and simple Powerpoint song/book (Itsy Bitsy Spider). You might use this to develop your child’s attention span or to help him/her to indicate “more”. For example, your child could look at you, use a gesture, point to a picture, or tap a switch each time the singing stops. Remember to have fun!

Old MacDonald (YPRLSP PowerPoint book)

Your child may enjoy watching and listening to this fun and simple Powerpoint song/book (Old MacDonald). You might use this to develop your child’s attention span or to help him/her to indicate “more”. For example, your child could look at you, use a gesture, point to a picture, or tap a switch each time the singing stops. Remember to have fun!

Twinkle Twinkle (YPRLSP PowerPoint book)

Your child may enjoy watching and listening to this fun and simple Powerpoint song/book (Twinkle Twinkle). You might use this to develop your child’s attention span or to help him/her to indicate “more”. For example, your child could look at you, use a gesture, point to a picture, or tap a switch each time the singing stops. Remember to have fun!

Wheels on the Bus (YPRLSP PowerPoint book)

Your child may enjoy watching and listening to this fun and simple Powerpoint song/book (Wheels on the Bus). You might use this to develop your child’s attention span or to help him/her to indicate “more”. For example, your child could look at you, use a gesture, point to a picture, or tap a switch each time the singing stops. Remember to have fun!