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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you work in education, community care, speech pathology or counselling, this is an ideal professional development program for you. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a method that replaces or supplements speech, where language difficulties exist, to positively influence social skills, school performance, self-worth and quality of life.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies will provide you with the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with adults and children who have complex communication needs (CCN) through the effective use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and systems.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident in your ability to meet the needs of people whose oral speech skills limit their ability to meet their participation and communication needs using AAC.

Course Structure

Unit - Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

  • Communication capacity and needs
  • Work with the person and carer
  • Communication impairment / disorders
  • Communication – Bill of Rights
  • Specific communication needs
  • Document findings and outcomes
  • Referrals to professionals
  • The referral process (6 steps)
  • AAC strategies
  • Information to referred professional
  • Individual and small group therapy
  • First visit assessment
  • Patient history and preferences
  • Severe speech disability
  • Strategies and devices in AAC
  • Natural communication methods
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Document support strategies
  • Person-centered planning
  • Identify and respond to difficulties
  • Task analysis
  • Speech and language therapists / pathologists
  • Staff training
  • Modelling ACC
  • Accessing the AAC system
  • Reporting systems
  • Language Activity Monitor (LAM)
  • Participation barriers
  • Multimodal communication
  • Vocabulary selection strategies
  • Maintain accurate written records
  • Privacy principles


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development For:

  • Teachers / Teacher Aids
  • Community Service Workers
  • Lifestyle Workers
  • Speech Pathologist Assistants
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only