Augmentative & Alternative Communication

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Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be used to increase student communication, socialization, and engagement while reducing interfering behaviors.




What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
  • Applying AAC in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Augmentative & Alternative Communication module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Augmentative & Alternative Communication. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources.

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 5 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) module (PDF document, 3 pages)

Council for Exceptional Childen

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