Communicative Disorders Program Department of Special Education

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Storytellers’ Club

The AAC Storytellers’ Club began in fall, 2010 to support children who use AAC systems to expand language and literacy skills while also having fun! The Storytellers’ Club is funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education for four years, titled Project CLLASS (Collaborating for Language and Literacy through Augmentative Systems). Project CLLASS includes a sequence of coursework, clinical practice, and internship experiences for SFSU graduate students to develop specialized AAC skills as part of the Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders at SFSU. The Storytellers’ Club operates in fall and spring semesters as part of the weekly SFSU Communicative Disorders Clinic with capacity for four children between the ages of 6 to 10 years of age who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to communicate and learn. SFSU Communicative Disorders student clinicians and aides pair up with each child to support more proficient use of their AAC systems, language development, book reviews, story building and storytelling with other participants. Activities are linked to general education standards and expectations for each child’s school curriculum. SFSU CD Students collaborate and seek guidance from families, teachers, and key people in each child’s life to build goals for communication development for each individual. Each week, sessions are dedicated to individual and group therapy. During individual sessions, SFSU CD student clinicians and aides use a variety of AAC strategies and tools to provide individual support with each child while they review a book of the week, participate in related literacy activities, and develop individual narratives using the child’s words. Following the individual sessions, children meet in a group to practice their skills with their friends, share book reviews and tell personal stories. Through focus on language and building literacy skills, each child expands the use of their AAC systems to communicate and to learn. SFSU CD Students gain skills to support young people who use AAC systems to succeed within the school curriculum through language and literacy skills.

Participation in the AAC Storytellers’ Club

AAC Storytellers are students between the ages of 6-10 years who use AAC systems that include both low and high-tech modalities. The capacity of the group is four regular members and we are currently full. We encourage visitors at any time who may be interested in learning more and beginning similar programs in their own areas. Please contact Nancy Robinson at nancyr@sfsu.edu for more information.

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