Building your AAC toolkit

Dr. Jillian McCarthy recommends all SLPs who work with AAC create a physical toolkit with materials you may need. Materials in your toolkit should be flexible enough to use with individuals who use high-tech or low-tech strategies and may vary depending on the population you're working with.

She recommends you keep the following in a toolkit: 

Additional items that could be useful:

  • Manufacture device and/or software information (Tobii; PRC)
  • Intelligibility testing information
  • Access information: switch information or headmouse
  • Lightbox information (directions on how to make?)
  • Low-tech Alphabet supplementation board
  • List of outside supports (ALS Foundation/Support Group, etc)
  • Sample AAC reports
  • Handouts Information on IEPs/IFSPs
  • Low-tech greeting board
  • Intervention ideas
  • Assessments (criterion-referenced) 
  • Literacy checklists
  • AAC device tutorials
  • Children’s books / reading material
  • List of apps for adults and kids
  • Data collection sheets/methods
Virginia Ingram