AAC/AT Coaching Models Explained


April 6, 2022


Educational researchers have known since at least the early 2000’s that providing staff coaching support can improve student learning more than providing training alone (Joyce & Showers, 2002). Research has also shown that increasing the skills of communication partners has a positive impact on the communication skills of the person using AAC (McNaughten, Light, Beukelman, Klein, Nieder & Nazareth, 2019; Senner, Post & Baud, 2019; Ogletree, 2012). However, many stakeholders have a difficult time transferring what they learn in a course into daily practice. Recently, coaching has become more common to support people who use AAC or AT in an attempt to increase outcomes for people who use AAC or At. At times, coaching is used synonymously with stakeholder training. 


Heidi L. Rabe, M.A., CCC-SLP/L

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to describe at least 3 differences between relationship driven, teacher centered, and student centered coaching.

Participants will be able to identify at least 5 clients/students/teams that student-centered coaching would be appropriate for.

Participants with be able to identify at least 3 new coaching techniques to support your current caseload.


CEUs This activity is offered for up to 0.2 CEUs (1.5 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:  

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Upon completion of the two forms and passing the quiz, a CEU certificate will be sent

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