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An Introduction to AAC: Getting started with communication technology


29th February, 2024 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

£30 per individual.

60 minute Online Learning workshop.

AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) includes a range of supports for communication such as printed symbols and communication boards, digital resources, simple to more complex communication aids; Big Macks, Go Talks, AAC apps and other voice output devices. They can support individuals with communication support needs, who may be non-verbal, to have a voice.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore a range of AAC options and how to match them to the needs of learners with communication support needs from conditions such as ASD, learning disability, sensory and genetic conditions, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. The focus will be on identifying, setting up and using simple single, stepped and multi-message talkers, and iPads with starter communication apps. We will also reference associated printed symbol resources and discuss alternative access methods when touch control is difficult.

Joanna will demonstrate CALL Scotland’s free-to-use resources and discuss practical strategies for using them within different curricular activities, equipping staff with the skills to start using AAC in a group setting and with individual learners, to promote inclusive educational experiences.

Can't make it on the day or in a different time zone?
Sign up and you'll also receive a video recording of the event as well as a copy of the resources.

What you'll get

A recording of the session as well as a CLPL certificate which can be directly uploaded to myGTCS Professional Update and the HCPC CPD Audit.


Maximum of 30 participants so everyone can have an interactive collegiate learning experience.


You'll need a windows, Mac or tablet device with an internet connection and speakers. Microphone is optional.


The course can be paid for by invoice or debit/credit card. More information further down.

What you will learn

  • The rationale for using AAC to support communication, participation and learning.
  • How to use printed communication resources and simple starter communication aids.
  • How to use simple communication apps and digital resources.
  • Useful accessibility settings and access methods.
  • Where to find freely available further training and resources.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • ASN Teachers, Support for Learning Teachers.
  • Special School Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants.
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners.
  • Speech and Language Therapists.

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.


We will be on the PECOS system as: The University of Edinburgh and NOT CALL Scotland (this is because we use the University's finance systems).

Preparing for the course

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