FOUNDATIONS training comprises a set of free, on-demand modules to teach you essential foundation knowledge for implementing AAC. This is not device operational training, but comprehensive AAC education, to help you at all stages of the AAC process.

Our free ACCESS Training is a prerequisite to the Foundations modules, and will help you to better understand the content of this course. We strongly recommend completing the FOUNDATIONS courses in order, starting with Module 1. The content is designed for speech pathologists, but may be of interest to all members of the AAC team. Visit our website to find out about LIVE FOUNDATIONS TRAINING for your organisation.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • About this course

    • ACCESS Training

    • Learning outcomes

    • Summary, links & references

  • 2

    Definitions and Introduction

    • Speech vs language vs communication -1

    • Speech vs language vs communication - 2

    • Speech vs language vs communication - 3

    • What is AAC?

    • What is an AAC system

    • Who uses AAC?

    • Why use AAC?

    • Myth Busting

  • 3

    Types of AAC

    • Types of AAC

    • Unaided AAC

    • Aided AAC

    • Low Tech AAC

    • High tech AAC

    • Low tech AAC - benefits and disadvantages

    • High tech AAC - benefits and disadvantages

  • 4


    • What's important in AAC?

    • S.N.U.G.

    • S.N.U.G. in action - "Cookies Kid"

    • Six points supporting S.N.U.G.

    • Pragmatic functions

    • Activity

    • Pragmatic functions sort - answers

  • 5

    Core vocabulary

    • How many words do we need?

    • Core vocabulary

    • Core vocabulary research

    • The Power of Core Vocabulary

    • Transcript

  • 6


    • Further learning

    • Conclusion & Summary Download