Multiple barriers to providing effective AAC therapy exist in the school setting. Some of these include inadequate training of communication partners, learned helplessness, and limited early success in functional communication. This presentation seeks to remediate some barriers to providing AAC therapy by outlining a program for applying co-teaching principles to therapy in the school and clinic setting. Over two years of implementing a co-teaching model for AAC therapy, student outcomes included decreased learned helplessness from over-cueing, increased carryover of skills to other settings, and increased use of communication for a variety of functions. SLP outcomes included more accurate data collection, fewer missed therapy sessions, and increased collaboration with teachers and support staff. The presentation addresses principles of co-teaching as they relate to the field of speech-language pathology, as well as the broader application of co-teaching to training other school/clinic professionals and family members. Implementation ideas, possible client goals, and meaningful data collection ideas are also discussed.
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