Speech Therapy -> Augmentative and Alternative Communication -> Aided Communication

Aided Communication

Aided modes of communication include those approaches that require some form of external support, such as a communication boards with symbols (e.g., objects, pictures, photographs, line drawings, visual-graphic symbols, printed words, traditional orthography) or computers, handheld devices, or tablet devices with symbols that generate speech through synthetically produced or recorded natural (digitized) means.

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Goal Bank

  • Cory will use multiple modes of communication to appropriately protest, communicate that she is upset, and request sensory activities/break time to remain calm in 3 /4 opportunities given minimal assistance across 5 consecutive sessions to increase expressive and pragmatic language skills. 2
  • Chi will use AAC device to ask questions or initiate phoneme with SLP/teachers/peersin 4 out of 4 opportunities across 4 consecutive therapy sessions as measured by clinician data and observation to increase expressive language abilities. 2
  • Ulysses will use his/her device to answer basic what and where questions based on picture or a short story with 90% accuracy across 3 consecutive sessions to improve language comprehension. 4
  • Given a field of 4 or more picture icons, Genia will request a highly desired item with 80% accuracy 4 times during a session without tactile assistance to increase pragmatic and language skills. 2
  • Chastity will respond (with eye gaze, vocalizations, participation, etc.) to communicative scripts (ready...set...go), music, or communication with eye contact, vocalizations or gestures with 90% accuracy to demonstrate communicative intent 3/4 consecutive data days as measured by data collection. 4
  • Chadwick will use his SGD to make requests and comment with 80% accuracy given moderate assistance over 5 consecutive sessions to improve functional communication. 2
  • Teri will attempt to activate his NEVO device (or other AAC device) 3 times during a therapy session over consecutive sessions as measured by clinical observation and documentation to increase communicative intent. 1
  • When given verbal, visuals or gesture prompts, Teri will use 2+ words to describe a picture with 80% accuracy, over 3 consecutive sessions, as measured by observations, data collection and/or standardized testing to increase expressive language skills. 1
  • With fading modeling, Jordan will use carrier phrases "I don't want (item or activity)" and/or "I want (item or activity)" using AAC or any multimodal communication when expressing refusal or approval in 3 out 4 opportunities in 6 consecutive sessions, for active participation in everyday life situations. 0
  • Carlton will request an object/activity/basic need (e.g. take a break) given visual supports (e.g. field of 3-4 picture symbols) in 80% of opportunities, adjusting level of support as needed across consecutive therapy sessions as measured by clinician data and observation to increase expressive language skills. 1
  • During structured clinical tasks/target words, Kelley will produce a variety of consonant-vowel combinations including CVC, CVCV, CVCVC at the word, phrase, and sentence-level and then progress to spontaneous productions, without prompting, to increase his ability to make his wants/needs to be known, with 80% accuracy across 3 treatment sessions. 3



Professionals who selected this minor focus area as their top area of expertise.

  • Kara Amin

    Kara Amin

    Full-time Therapist CCC-SLP

    This is my third year as an SLP. I love all things AAC and learning the most I can in that area. ...

    • Sidekick Therapy Partners Sidekick Therapy Partners