To bridge the divide that exists between communication partners, we must educate and spread awareness in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The use of AAC systems is an alternative communication method which requires our community to become more knowledgeable and aware of effective communication strategies. This change begins with awareness in our K-12 schools by using research based restorative practices to educate young children about communication differences to access effective inclusion practices while expanding communication partners for all. In this session, a review of research based practices will be conducted while sharing experiences in how to educate our youth to be inclusive using hands-on experiences with assistive technology and following restorative practices.
Key Learning Outcomes
1. Gain a deeper understanding of AAC systems and how they are used to communicate.
2. Working to bridge the communication gap between children with complex communication needs and their peers.
3. Destigmatizing the use of AAC systems through research based practices and the exploration of diversity.