Augmentative and Alternative Communication Resource Guide for Teachers

This guide introduces basic concepts and answers frequently asked questions about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in the classroom.   


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What is AAC?

For some students with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities, speech may not fulfill all of their communication needs. For these students with complex communication needs (CCN), the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can have important benefits (Blackstone, 1993, 2008, 2009). There are a wide range of AAC techniques available, including:

  • Picture, symbol, alphabet, and word boards
  • Signs and gestures
  • Speech-generating devices (including specialized computer systems)

As with any assistive technology used in a classroom, teachers will need to know how to help their students use AAC eff ectively and efficiently. This guide provides an introduction to the ways students can use AAC to participate in classroom activities. It also describes the variety of resources available to Connecticut teachers working with students who would benefi t from the use of AAC.

Additional Info

  • Resource Topic: Assistive Technology
  • Source: SERC
  • Year of Publication: 2010
  • Resource Type: file: .PDF