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1/18/2022, Discussion: Low Tech AAC- Pros & Cons 

Date: 1/18/2022 Time: 12:00-1:00 Location: internet Type: Webinar


Low tech Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is a necessary option, but not a linear progression. For example, there are some kids who never participate in low tech experiences, but excel with high tech. For some students we need to honor the need for verbal output as a feature of AAC systems. In this webinar we’ll explore various low tech AAC systems and ask important questions such as “Are we using low tech as an indicator of success appropriately?”, “Are we calling it low tech AAC, but it’s really a visual support, such as a visual schedule or choice board?” “What would it look like to use this system with my student?” We also want to hear what is and isn’t working in your classrooms. Let’s have a discussion! 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn about PECS (brief overview) and discuss pros/cons of its use. 
  2. Learn about PODD (brief overview) and discuss pros/cons of its use.  
  3. Learn about Core Vocabulary Exchange System and discuss pros/cons of its use.  
  4. Understand the difference between robust low tech communication systems and visual supports.


Brenda Del Monte, MA, SLP-CCC
Brenda Del Monte has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. Brenda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked with children and adults with multiple disabilities since 2003. Brenda owns Technically Speaking, PLLC, a company that serves those who use AAC.  As an expert in AAC, Brenda contracts with Advanced Therapy Solutions to evaluate, train and treat those with multiple disabilities and complex medical conditions. 

Brenda serves as a practice scholar research mentor at Northern Arizona University’s OTD program. Brenda has taught courses for Central Washington University, Arizona State University Speech-Language Pathology SLP Master’s Program and Northern Arizona University Occupational Doctoral students.

Sarah Kinsella, MA CCC-SLP

Sarah Kinsella is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting students with complex communication needs. She holds a Master’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and has worked in the public school setting for 11 years. She also served as the district Assistive Technology Specialist for 7 years, working with multidisciplinary teams and families to support students with a variety of Assistive Technology and AAC needs. She is passionate about her field and thankful for the students with whom she works as they help her learn and grow along the way.


Email Sue Wright at the SETC office

Clock hours for this webinar and others in this series are available from ESD105 for a small fee. The following Professional Development Enroller link provides more information about clock hours: