Enrollment opens with ASHA CEUs on August 12th!! 

AAC can be tough to master...

There is so much to know and so little time to learn it all. It can feel like the information and technology are changing so quickly that it's hard to keep up. There’s lite-tech, mid-tech, high-tech, and dozens of apps and device companies. Trying to maintain proficiency in AAC in addition to already high workloads might feel like an impossible task.

The AAC in EI course was created specifically for AAC implementation with toddlers and preschoolers. We are putting all of the information in one place for you!

  • Lite-tech and mid-tech AAC options
  • High-tech app recommendations
  • Feature matching analysis
  • Evaluation templates
  • Implementation strategies
  • AAC and parent coaching
  • How to overcome common objections and barriers to AAC
  • Free AAC resources

You’ll learn what high-tech AAC options are available for this age group and how to select an AAC system based on the strengths and support needs of each child. You will leave this course feeling competent, confident, and excited about AAC!

Eight Video Modules

These video lessons break down everything you need to know about AAC for toddlers and preschoolers. The modules cover the benefits of AAC and research to support it, the types of AAC available for young children, when and how to implement high-tech AAC, steps for writing an evaluation and obtaining funding for a device, and strategies for modeling and implementation including a lesson on parent coaching for AAC.

The modules also include 3 case studies that will help you integrate all of the information from the course and apply it to several case presentations.

Easily Referenced Handouts

The digital course workbook contains over 40 pages of attractive, printable handouts to supplement the course topics. It includes parent handouts on AAC and early language development, templates and printable forms for AAC assessment, an in-depth description of each of the major AAC apps available for this age group, written instructions for various programming options, and a feature matching checklist to help you select the best device for each child on your caseload.

It also includes a core board made specifically for EI, a handout for teaching gestures and signs, a cheat sheet for creating lite-tech boards, a handout for writing AAC therapy goals, and a resource for designing an individualized AAC system that includes all types of AAC.

Lifetime Access

This course was created to accommodate you and your busy SLP schedule. Each module is less than 20 minutes long. You can work at your own pace and complete the lessons whenever works for you.

You'll also be able to revisit the course and all course materials at any point in the future. Your purchase includes lifetime access!

Meet Your Instructor!
Lauren Greenlief, MA, CCC-SLP

Lauren is a speech therapist, wife, and mom of two little girls. She owns and operates the private practice Inspire Connections Therapy LLC, located in Twinsburg, Ohio and works in both the school and private practice settings. Her practice focuses on all things AAC and early language skills. She has ten years of experience working with AAC and received a Master's Certificate in Assistive Technology in 2018. Lauren is a paid speaker and has presented for conferences and workplaces on AAC topics. She also creates online courses about AAC and sells materials on TPT.

AAC in EI: Course Details
  • Created for SLPs who work with toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Includes two hours of professional development and a digital course workbook
  • Access to over 40 printable handouts on AAC to support your therapy objectives and parent coaching practice
  • Instructions for obtaining FREE copies of some of the most popular AAC apps through various partner programs
  • Three case study examples with a step-by-step breakdown of the communication needs, evaluation process, and device selection
  • The price is $125.

Learning Objectives

1. Students will be able to design an individualized AAC system that includes all forms of AAC including no-tech, lite-tech, mid-tech, and high-tech AAC.

2. Students will be able to describe AAC implementation strategies for AAC with toddlers and preschoolers

3. Students will be able to conduct an AAC trial, use a feature-matching analysis, write an AAC evaluation, and obtain funding for a device.

4. Students will be able to explain the research and benefits of AAC to caregivers and provide support for common challenges.

Requirements for Satisfactory Completion

Students must watch all of the self-paced video modules and reach 100% completion of the course. Students must score 80% or higher on the course completion quiz in order earn a certificate for professional development.

See What's Inside the Course Workbook!

The AAC in EI Course includes a digital workbook with over 40 pages of printable resources!

Course Testimonials

Sarah, Pediatric SLP

The AAC in EI course is exactly what I needed to support communication with parents, staff, and other professionals regarding AAC. I found this course to be incredibly comprehensive and appreciate the inclusion of all of the visual handouts that can be used to support carryover and caregiver buy in.

Even if you consider yourself knowledgeable in AAC, this course is still beneficial as it covers what most don't, such as performing AAC evaluations, how to get funding, additional resources (AAC Goals and Case Studies), and problem solving when various barriers occur. If you are thinking twice about whether or not this course is worth it, DON'T!

Grace, EI SLP

As an SLP who honestly did not learn much in her AAC class in graduate school, I found this course to be extremely useful! I love how the AAC devices/apps were broken down, along with a brief video modeling these.

I appreciate the parent coaching tips on how to apply the use of AAC with their child daily. The consistent use of AAC is so crucial for the client to learn, so I found it helpful when the top challenges were discussed, as well as ways to support and help the families through these challenges. If you're a SLP, looking for a more in-depth and informative course on AAC, I highly recommend this! 

Sarah, Pediatric SLP

This is the perfect introduction to AAC with Early Intervention! The workbook and handouts are beautiful, excellent, and easy to understand. The video content is to the point and each word is valuable. It is provided in short segments, so there is time to absorb the key points of each. After taking this course, I feel confident in encouraging the families I work with to start to trial AAC systems at a much earlier point in their child's language journey than I would have previously. I also have an improved sense of how to get started with modeling vocabulary for toddlers through AAC. Thank you.

Emily, EI SLP

The AAC in Early Intervention course is a great primer on AAC for our youngest clients, AND I think it's also valuable if you are looking to expand your knowledge on AAC and work with kids of any age. Lauren's teaching is clear and concise, making the course very easy to follow.  My favorite module in the course is the one on implementation strategies. I love how Lauren took the strategies I was already very familiar with from my many years of EI work and gave practical examples, with videos, of how we can incorporate more AAC use for our learners. I also loved how thoroughly Lauren took us through the barriers we may encounter during parent coaching and provided examples of how to support caregivers in these scenarios. I would highly recommend this to anyone working with the birth to 3 population.

This self-paced course includes lifetime access!


Who is this course for?

This course is for SLPs and SLPAs who work with toddlers and preschoolers with communication needs. The information in this course is also applicable for starting AAC with a child of any age.

Can other early childhood professionals take this course?

Yes! This course is open to any professional interested in learning more about AAC.

How much does this course cost?

The price is $125 and includes the video modules, 40+ pages of printable resources, and lifetime access.

Can I get CEUs for this course?

You can get professional development hours for this course!

You can earn 2 PDH (professional development hours) that count toward the 30 total you need for each cycle. You will receive a certificate of completion after the final video module. This course is not registered for CEUs and hours will not be submitted to ASHA on your behalf. You will need to maintain a copy of the certificate and keep your own record of the hours. Requirements for state licensing vary by state. Please check your state's professional development requirements to determine if this course qualifies.

Do I have to complete this course within a certain timeframe?

No. This course is self-paced and you maintain access for life. A live Q&A will be offered for the first cohort only. Attendance is optional.

Will I have immediate access to the course?

Yes. You will have immediate access to all of the video modules and course materials.

Will I maintain access to the course?

Yes! You will have access to the course for life.

Can I see a preview of the curriculum?

See below!

Example Curriculum

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Financial and Nonfinancial Disclosures

Laura Brown

Financial Disclosures

  • is the founder of Early & Bright and profits from the sale of this course
  • is a paid speaker on topics related to early development and supporting communication skills
  • creates, designs, and sells other physical and digital products on earlyandbrightslp.com and profits from these sales
  • contributes educational content to websites and social media accounts for a fee
  • has acted as an affiliate and received commissions for other courses and conferences related to early development, early intervention, and speech-language pathology


  • has appeared as a guest on parenting and speech-language pathology podcasts
  • offers a free resource library for SLPs and free language development resources for parents with access granted in exchange for an email address

Lauren Greenlief

Financial Disclosures

  • is the founder of Inspire Connections Therapy, LLC and profits from the sale of this course
  • is a paid speaker on topics related to AAC and gestalt language development
  • creates, designs, and sells other physical and digital products through TPT and Inspire Connections Therapy, LLC and profits from these sales
  • provides therapy services, consultation, and contracting related to AAC, early language development, and other speech-language related topics
  • has acted as an affiliate and received commissions for other courses related to AAC, gestalt language development, and speech-language pathology

Nonfinancial Disclosures

  • offers a free resources for those interested in AAC in exchange for an email address
  • is the co-administrator for the AAC and GLP Facebook Group

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