October is AAC Awareness Month! What is AAC? AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Individuals who use AAC have complex communication needs. To celebrate AAC awareness, I wanted to highlight some picture books with characters that use AAC. To check out my post including children’s book with characters with varying different abilities, click here.
AAC Rhyme Time and I Talk in Different Ways are pictures books written by Amanda Hartman. She is a speech language pathologist and AAC enthusiast for over 20 years.
AAC Rhyme Time is a fun and engaging picture book for emerging readers. With this book, a child can learn new words and improve phonological awareness. How many words rhyme with AAC? Each page explores different words that rhyme with AAC such as “AAC on the knee” and “AAC is the key”. Each illustration has wonderful contrast and is bright and engaging. I also love how Symbol Stix are incorporated throughout the book. I Talk in different ways is Amanda’s newest book, check it out! To learn more about Amanda Hartman, click here .
Let’s Go Play written by speech and language pathologist, Shelby McCarthy and illustrated by Rachel Batislaong is a picture book that introduces adaptive equipment in a fun, rhyming, inviting way. To learn more about the inspiration behind her book, check out this article written on AAC Language Lab. To learn more about this book, read my review here.
Something to Say About My Communication Device is written by Eden Molinex and illustrated by Natalie Beauvois. Eden is a certified speech-language pathologist and a children’s book author who is passionate about making a difference with her children’s books. As a speech-language pathologist and author myself, I love supporting others with the same mission. I was especially excited to see that she published a children’s book titled, Something to Say About My Communication Device, which is perfect for the children on my caseload who use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). To read more, click here.
Do you want to add an educational carryover tool with your Bluebee Pal? Bluebee Pal Techie Rangers is the book for you! I co-authored this picture book with the president of Kayle Concepts LLC, Laura Jiencke. This book is beautifully illustrated by the talented Erik Minter. This educational e-book is a perfect companion to use with both the Bluebee Pal Pro and the Bluebee Pals app. To read more about this book and access the free ebook, click here.
All About Core.. and All About Feelings are picture books that I wrote featuring children with disabilities, specifically communication disabilities. All About Core (ABC) Alphabet book and All About Feelings aren’t isn’t your typical ABC book which highlights mostly nouns. Both of these books incorporate core and fringe vocabulary to help improve literacy and communication for emerging readers with complex communication needs. The targeted words with sentences target functional communication and vocabulary that are ideal for all ages and abilities. Goals targeting communication, literacy and language work seamlessly with this highly unique book. To read more, click here.
Do you want to introduce your child to disabilities? How about educating your children about individuals who are nonverbal? I bought the book, How Katie Got a Voice by Patricia Mervine, MA, CCC-SLP many months ago and really enjoyed it. I have read it to my own children and recently got an opportunity to speak about augmentative and alternative communication to a 2nd-grade girl scout troop. I decided to use this book, How Katie Got a Voice to help explain the topic of AAC. AAC is the acronym for Augmentative and alternative communication(AAC) which is an umbrella term that includes the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in spoken or written language. To learn more, click here.
Me and My AAC written by Tabitha Carrera is about a young boy named Ben who uses AAC. Tabitha Cabrera is an Attorney with a Human Service degree and a Juris Doctorate. He has spent her career working in public service. She has published four other children’s book with the collaboration of her brother, illustrator Michael Barnett. Do you want to check out her other books? Check out her website here!