October is AAC Awareness Month!  Throughout he month, we will be posting AAC quotes, resources and links to blogs to spread the word about AAC!


What is AAC you ask?  Augmentative and Alternative Communication!

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or use gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.  AAC includes unaided and aided communication. Unaided communication includes methods of communication that rely on a person’s body to communicate including facial expressions, gestures, body movements, vocalizations, verbalizations, sign language and eye gaze.  Aided communication requires tools or equipment that are not part of a users body, such as paper based communication systems  and written communication as well as high tech speech generating devices with voice output.


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Tanya Keller

Meet Tanya, our pediatric speech language pathologist and AAC specialist. Tanya moved from Boston to San Diego. She earned her Master's degree from Emerson College in Boston, in Communication Disorders in 2004 and a second master's degree in Assistive Technology from Simmons College in Boston, in 2012. Tanya has provided speech and language services for children who have complex communication needs, using low and/or high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with varying diagnoses. Tanya has been mentored by experts in Rett Syndrome and complex communication needs. She is PODD trained and attends the yearly assistive technology conferences. She has experience using a variety of AAC devices and working with alternative access, including eye gaze and switch use. In her free time, Tanya enjoys exploring San Diego, going to the beach and spending time with her dog.

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