Tier 1


Designed to build the knowledge and skill that EVERY person who supports a student with complex communication needs should demonstrate in order to foster the student's skill development with augmentative & alternative forms of communication (AAC).


  • Knowledgeable of the universal supports for developing communication competence

  • Actively participate in the Communication Access Planning process for communication tools & strategies

  • Effectively support a student collaborative plan for developing communication participation & skill development



Special Education Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Behaviorists, 

School Psychologists, 

Paraeducators, Speech & Language Pathologists, 

Speech & Language Pathologist Assistants

Tier 2


Designed to build the knowledge and skill of speech-language specialists who can guide individual student teams in selecting appropriate tools and strategies and developing effective Communication Access Plans for students with complex communication needs.


  • Knowledgeable of the tools to support students across the range of AAC user profiles

  • Guide a Communication Access Planning process for universal communication tools & strategies

  • Complete an AAC Need Assessment for students requiring more individualized AAC tools

  • Effectively coach a student's team in identifying and selecting appropriate implementation strategies



SLPs and SLPAs who have...

  • Successfully completed AAC Foundations

  • Access to three caseload students with varying AAC user profiles

AAC device

Tier 3


Designed to build the knowledge and skill of AAC Specialists who can provide support and expertise for a full range of AAC needs (e.g. complex access solutions, sensory & motor disabilities) and navigate external sources of funding for speech-generating devices. 

Coming Soon!


  • Knowledgeable of tools and access methodologies to support complex seating,positioning and alternative access problems.

  • Knowledgeable of custom vocabulary design to match complex symbolic and linguistic needs.

  • Knowledgeable of the range of funding avenues and can successfully complete outside funding requests.

  • Can effectively train and support other SLPs in an expert consultant role for more complex cases



Licensed SLPs

  • has successfully completed AAC Implementation

  • nominated by their district

  • completion of a district capacity assessment

  • have access to a range of students including complex cognitive, linguistic & motor profiles

Accommodating Those Individuals with Special Needs: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, PCOE encourages those with disabilities to participate fully in trainings. If you have a special need in order to allow you to attend or participate in our training, please contact Christy McCoard at least 48 hours in advance of the training you wish to attend so that we can make every reasonable effort to

accommodate you, including auxiliary aids or services.  

Questions? Email Christy McCoard at or call (530) 886-5876.