I recently started working with the campus SLP’s and classroom teachers to create AAC Implementation Plans for all of our students using augmentative and alternative communication devices. We found that communication teams really wanted to support their students, but they really weren’t sure what to do. Once I started giving the team a plan, we started to see a huge increase in the use of their device across the day.
What is an implementation plan?
Think of a lesson plan defining goals for the individual throughout their day. It contains an AAC target activity, it defines the frequency of the goal and the activity associated with the target, it specifies where these communication goals & objectives take place, the person responsible, and methods for implementation.
WHY use one?
AAC can be overwhelming for team members. These communication team members come with different levels of comfort and experience implementation AAC. Developing an AAC plan gives team members specific activities and instructions for implementation. It takes the “guesswork” out of what to do and when. I currently work with a couple of students that are accessing their AAC devices via eye gaze. First, I meet with a few team members and talk about various activities during the day. We start with activities during their day, for example, morning meetings. During this activity, what are the typical activities that take place? What vocabulary could be focused on? What are some ways the teacher, IA, or communication partner can model?
I like to put my plans into a google doc so that we can update them as needed. They are also shareable with EVERY team member. I encourage my team members to add new activities or ask for help with ideas and implementation. I also work with parents to create an implementation plan for home!
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