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Building Authentic and Meaningful Communication Strategies (2021-2022 Tri-State Autism Webinar Series)

Audience: Advocates, Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents | Topic: Autism, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

On-Demand format. Building Authentic and Meaningful Communication Strategies (2021-2022 Tri-State Autism Webinar Series)
On-Demand format

Presented by Rachael Langley, MA, CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist

We know that learners with communication challenges have thoughts, opinions, and ideas of their own. How do we give them the tools to tell us what they’re thinking? This session will talk about tools and strategies to support early communication skills, including how to begin using AAC (augmentative/alternative communication).

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Learner Objectives: 

During this hour, we will address the following questions:

  1. What is the role of the communication partner in early AAC use?
  2. How can a parent/teacher/therapist coach someone to use AAC while still letting the AAC user’s thoughts and opinions shine through?
  3. How does prompting fit into learning AAC? Are there other strategies besides prompting that we could use?

Through answering these questions, we will focus on supporting authentic and meaningful communication that is relevant to our learners. Resources for continued learning will also be provided.


About the Presenter

Rachael Langley is a speech-language pathologist working as an Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Consultant in Michigan. Her 19-year career has focused primarily on supporting students with complex communication needs. A two-time graduate of Michigan State University, Rachael is one of the founders and organizers of the #TalkingAAC Conference, a conference focused specifically on AAC learning. Rachael has presented at local, state, and national conferences. She enjoys creating graphics and other materials related to AAC implementation.

Contact Information

CDE Autism Team


After watching this recorded webinar a certificate for 1.25 hours is available. Complete a brief survey and short knowledge check. A certificate will be generated if a passing score of 80% is achieved. 

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