Sonoma County Office of Education

Diagnostic Center North: Supporting the Communication of Students Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Virtual (1.5 hours) Are you a paraprofessional or teacher new to working with students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? Ever wonder how you can help support your students’ communication? Well, this is the training for you. We will start with an overview of AAC. Then we will dive deep into two research-based techniques to support communication. First, we will discuss augmented language input. What it is and why it is essential for your students. Next, we will talk about storybook interactions and how to get the most out of them. Plenty of examples and opportunities to practice will be provided. Participants Will:

  • Learn about augmentative and alternative communication. What it is and why it is important.
  • Learn how to implement augmented language input and storybook interactions to support the communication of their students who use AAC.
  • A Certificate of Completion is available to participants. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities. The Diagnostic Center is also a California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved continuing professional development provider.

    When Friday, August 26, 2022
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Location Virtual via Zoom
    Presenter Janet McLellan, Ph.D., M.A., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist
    Cost Free
    Audience Paraprofessionals, Teachers new to supporting students who use AAC Sessions:
    Registration closes 08/24/2022
    Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, 7075242750,
    Questions Andrea Wells, 707 524 2764,

    Online Registration is not available.