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Summer is here and that’s a reason to celebrate! Thank you for a wonderful academic year of encouraging, inspiring, and helping others find their voice through AAC. Your work means so much! May the summer be a time of rest and reset as you prepare for the coming season of growth for your AAC users.

If summer learning is on your list, and we hope it is, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this list of opportunities for SLPs, assistive technology gurus, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals to grow in AAC. You’ll see your impact grow in client language development as well as your connection with them.

Get certified in the TouchChat® Trainer Program

Do you have a passion for AAC and a desire to help others become successful AAC users? Consider becoming a TouchChat Trainer to further your knowledge of the iOS app and WordPower® vocabularies to meet needs in your community. Learn more about the program and its benefits.

Create a voice from The Voice Keeper

AAC devices and apps come with an assortment of diverse voice options. Users can also choose to personalize their AAC solution even further by creating a voice themselves or with the support of a loved one. Learn more about this opportunity available through The Voice Keeper and create one for yourself so you can show your team and users how it works.

Spruce up your skills through AAC Learning Journey

AAC Learning Journey is a comprehensive hub for exploring dedicated devices, iOS apps, access methods, and vocabularies. Try one for yourself and recommend one to a parent, teacher, or team member. Don’t have a secure account yet? Perhaps today is your day to register.

  • If you’re newer to AAC, the “Unraveling the Mystery" series is a great place to start
  • If you have more experience with AAC, check out "Alexa and Your Speech-Generating Device: The Things You Can Do!"
  • Explore a popular course: "Putting Aided Language Into Practice" for a practical way to break down and approach AAC

Take a master class with Minspeak® Academy

Master classes from Minspeak Academy (former Semantic Compaction Systems) are designed just for professionals and give you the opportunity to earn ASHA CEUs. Join us July 26-27 for a 10-hour class that tackles the challenges of auditory scanning with single and multiple switches to access a Minspeak vocabulary. For children with the most complex bodies, scanning as an access method can give them communication independence. However, scanning requires visual skills that may be difficult for some and impossible for others. Developing a scanning array that focuses on using auditory rather than only visual skills may be the answer. Read the full course description and register today through AAC Learning Journey.

Subscribe to the AAC Language Lab to jazz up your resources

If you’re looking to reset your enthusiasm and your program offerings, the AAC Language Lab is filled with real-life solutions in support of language development. Resources include parent guides, sample lesson plans, manual communication boards, and much, much more at an affordable annual fee of $19.95.

Engage with other professionals at ISAAC Conference Cancún

Connect and grow with colleagues and friends from around the world at the 19th biennial ISAAC Conference, July 24-27, returning in person for the first time in five years. ISAAC Conference Cancún offers a robust scientific program, showcasing research and lived experiences that represent milestones in AAC and that will move the field forward. Early bird pricing closes June 9. Learn more and register.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ―William Butler Yeats

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