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Posted on January 11, 2023

The Simple AAC Online Workshop

Simple AAC is a framework of nine strategies to support an AAC learner, created by our Head of Content, speech and language therapist, Daisy.

Explore these strategies with Grid 3 (Windows) or Grid for iPad in a 3 hour long, interactive session which comes with a certificate of attendance. Find out more about Simple AAC and if the workshop is suited to you below.

This training will cover:

  • Introduction
  • Putting yourself in an AAC user’s shoes
  • Show, Interesting, Months
  • Pause, Language, Explore
  • Add words, Always Available, Comment
  • Next steps

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Is Simple AAC for me?

The Simple AAC online workshop is designed for anyone who wants to explore strategies to support AAC development in nine simple steps with Grid 3 or Grid for iPad. However, the great thing about this course is that its takeaways can be applied to both paper-based and high-tech AAC, inside the home and out.

There are three kinds of people that the Simple AAC workshop is best suited to:

    Family member

You are a loved one, guardian or family member of someone who uses alternative communication, trying to make sense of the vast and sometimes conflicting information online.

Simple AAC strategies are reliable, researched and easy to remember. These tips prime you to provide the necessary support to build an AAC learners communication skills so they can live a richer and more independent life.

    New to Alternative Communication

New to working alongside people with complex communication needs? Perhaps you are a student, recently qualified speech and language therapist, or work in a care setting.

Equip yourself with these key strategies and implement them with the people you work with to understand their needs and develop their communication. Simple AAC means you won’t get lost, with nine cues to fallback on.

    Experienced AAC professional

You have worked in AAC for a longer period of time and know your stuff pretty well.

Develop your skills and expand your tool kit with this memorable set of key strategies. You may also use Simple AAC as an easy way to explain these principles to others and guide their understanding.

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of this session you will:

  • Know the nine Simple AAC strategies
  • Be able to successfully model on AAC
  • Understand how to use the strategies in every day practice

What is Simple AAC?

What is Simple AAC?

Simple AAC is a framework which complies and catalogues nine big ideas in into bite size strategies to support emerging communicators who use AAC.

Simple AAC is an acronym. Each letter represents a strategy you can implement, from scaffolding with cues to showing AAC learners how to get started with symbol communication. You can read about each strategy below.


Lead by example. Showing AAC learners how they can use symbols to communicate is one of the best things you can do to support their learning.


Make sure to capture and retain the AAC learner’s attention start with their interests and make learning fun.

Months and months

Remember, AAC learners need more time to think about what they want to say, give them the opportunity to respond before you prompt them again.


Remember, AAC learners need more time to think about what they want to say, give them the opportunity to respond before you prompt them again.


We often see people start with teaching AAC users how to ask for things they want, but there are so many more reasons for talking!


Let users explore their device, it’s a natural response, especially for a new user.

Add Words

Support an AAC user by providing cues to help them elaborate on what they are saying.

Always Available

Having some form of AAC always available, whether high-tech or paper-based, can help users learn to communicate more quickly.


Feedback to your learner with comments rather than questions to relieve the pressure for them to form a response.

Familiarise yourself with each strategy prior to taking the training with your own Simple AAC poster.

Meet Daisy

Daisy is in the Head of Content for Smartbox and is a qualified speech and language therapist. At Smartbox she spends her time perfecting and exploring symbol and text vocabularies in Grid. Daisy has carefully crafted and considered these strategies after many hours with AAC learners.

Our software is used by people with disabilities from all over the world. We have solutions for everything from getting started with AAC to controlling your PC and the world around you.

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