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Modeling Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC)

Partner Skills: Modeling AAC

Modeling AAC, also called Aided Language Stimulation, is the process of using augmented communication systems with spoken language when communicating with persons who have complex communication needs and/or preferences.

How to Model AAC

Assistiveware: How to Model AAC

AssistiveWare Modeling Site

Project Core Modeling Module

Project Core Aided Language Input

PrAACtical AAC

Using Aided Language Modeling - Carole Zangari

Pivotal Skills for AAC Intervention: Aided Language Input - Carole Zangari

Tools* to Support Modeling Efforts

*For PDF versions of these tools, please email Jaimie Fons.

Organized form with ability to track one's effort with modeling AAC by rating each day with smiley face, neutral face, and sad face.
Model Tracker for Educators: Build a Habit of Modeling AAC
MISD AAC Initiative promotes developing authentic communication through setting up the environment with AAC tools and strategies, consistent modeling of AAC, creating engaging opportunities to communicate, and using indirect and direct prompts as needed. Physical prompts are not recommended. Partial physical guidance (e.g. hand-under-hand, gentle elbow bump) may be used to support requests.
MISD Prompt Hierarchy
Reflection tool with best practices for modeling AAC and I can statements for the user to reflect on current practice.
MISD Modeling Self-Assessment Checklist

Modeling in Action

AAC Modeling: Where is Bear?

Amanda Hartmann Modeling AAC During a Bugs Activity


Modeling Core Language with AAC in a Classroom

Using AAC During Core Language Instruction for the Target "Open"

Modeling AAC on a Speech-Generating Device (SGD)

Evidence for Modeling AAC

Article: AAC Modeling Intervention Research Review