TIP #1: How Peers Can Support AAC Use by Students with Significant Communication Needs
Encouraging peers to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with students with significant cognitive disabilities who also have complex communication needs increases access to repeated, interactive, and generative language opportunities across environments. Inclusion, friendship, and communication ensure valued social roles and life-long learning. Peer- mediated supports combined with training are essential for supporting AAC users. Embedding simple, evidence-based strategies that involve peers will serve to increase success in inclusive settings for students with significant cognitive disabilities who have complex communication needs.