Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the School Setting

This graduate course is designed for school-based speech-language pathologists and other school personnel such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, case managers, and teachers who may serve on an AAC team and want to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in the school setting. This course is intended to extend beyond the introduction and basics of AAC. Students will learn about vocabulary and message selection, AAC system organization and management, and specific strategies for AAC intervention in the educational environment. This course covers AAC for the beginning communicator as well as the experienced AAC user. Participants will deepen their understanding of evidence-based strategies to support students with complex communication needs in the preK-12 population.

(Available for 3 credits)

Course Number: ED 501-5400


**Textbook purchased separately and is available here


"My first course was Implementing AAC in the School Setting. I absolutely loved this course. Despite being in the profession for many years, I always feel it is important to continue to build and expand my knowledge base. This course was excellent and I benefited tremendously with increased knowledge and perspective regarding AAC. I loved the self paced setting of the course as it easily allowed me to balance my work, home, family life while taking this course. I was able to complete this course efficiently and keep a healthy balance with the other aspects in my life. It was completely manageable and if I needed to stop and continue at a later time, there was no difficulty in doing that could easily divide my time between assignments (start a case study but also complete quizzes at the same time) and complete each aspect at my own pace. I loved the presentation utilizing a textbook, articles and videos to enhance learning. I got valuable feedback and comments on my case study and felt I received personal attention in this class despite it being self study/online. I look forward to pursuing more courses through Therapy Advance!"

- Erika, SLP

"As a special education teacher and case manager, this course offered me the specific training and information I needed to better support my students, their families, and the speech therapist who is managing the AAC for my students. I appreciate the affordability  and the self-paced set up of the course. It is perfect for professionals who are working full time but need more training and information on topics specific to their jobs and practice. I also appreciate all of the resources in this course as I have some ideas that I can take back to my classroom and implement soon."

-Donna, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher

"Therapy Advance Course's "Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the School Setting" was a great, self-paced course. This course provided multiple different sources to gain information: books, research articles, videos, podcasts and more. The course was insightful and allowed me to reflect on my skills as a clinician. The instructor was pleasant, supportive and open to any questions. I not only learned a lot but had the opportunity to test out my new knowledge with my clients throughout the course! "

-Lauren, SLP