AAC Resources

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Services

    Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) consultants work within the school districts of Gratiot and Isabella counties to support students with complex communication needs. Consultants work with educational teams to build capacity and knowledge around AAC devices and quality implementation practices. 


    AAC devices are considered assistive technology under IDEA 2004. “Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.” (https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/b/a/300.5) IDEA requires that assistive technology (and therefore AAC) be considered for each student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP.)


    AAC consultants work in the following capacities:


    1. Student Consultations 

      • Meet with students and their education team to determine communication needs and appropriate strategies, following the SETT framework 

      • Provide trial devices and support during the trial process

      • Serve as a liaison between device companies and the GI-RESD

    2. Team Coaching 

      • Attend team staffing meetings/IEPs to collect information and offer solutions for communication needs

      • Train team members on various devices or applications to ensure daily use

      • Brainstorm strategies and techniques with the educational team when implementation breakdowns occur

    3. Professional Development

      • Attend professional development opportunities related to AAC and best practices

      • Provide training opportunities for professional staff to learn about developing best practices

      • Ensure the district is following best practices under the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Indicators

    4. Family/Support Staff Training

      • Work with families to support access to communication in the home environment, including parents/guardians, home health workers, nurses, and other support staff.

Last Modified on July 28, 2022