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Worth Repeating: Let's Talk AAC – Stories and Strategies for Success

28th April, 2014

By Laura Kessel, M.S., CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist

I’m Laura, an SLP and AAC Specialist working with both adults and children. I’m generally curious about everything and in the process of collecting far more picture symbols, apps, and toys than any one person reasonably needs. You can find more musing on AAC over at my blog.

Getting teams on board with core vocabulary can be challenging. One of the biggest hurdles I face in my role as an AAC Specialist for Easter Seals of Massachusetts is that even when a teacher and classroom staff theoretically understand the emphasis on core vocabulary in Unity or LAMP, they often still aren’t quite sure how to implement device use in practice. I do my best to train both staff and the student, but I’m only in a given district one day per week.

Sound familiar to anyone?


Core vocabulary can look overwhelming to a busy staff member or a swamped teacher. The crux of the issue is that many teams still think of communication goals as topic- or setting-specific. It’s easy to see why, since the school day is generally broken into scheduled activities which take place in particular settings.

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