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Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., & Dees, R.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be used to increase student communication, socialization, and engagement while reducing interfering behaviors.

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
  • Applying AAC in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.


Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Augmentative & Alternative Communication. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules. https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/augmentative-alternative-communication