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VE-AAC-11: You Said What?! Exploring AAC Access to Swearing, Expletives, and Slang


Swearing, expletives, and slang are all aspects of social communication. Yet, AAC users are often limited in their access to these types of words. Many of the most popular speech-generating devices and language systems do not have these words or concepts readily available. This presentation will examine the research of colorful language and its implications for AAC users' right to word choice. Attendees will learn strategies for advocating and providing access to this type of vocabulary for AAC users across the lifespan.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Identify 2 or more examples of age-specific taboo words/concepts for each life-stage.
Second Learning Objective: Discuss 3 uses of swearing/expletives in social communication.
Third Learning Objective: Compare at least 2 AAC devices/language systems and their access to related symbols for taboo words.

Primary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Secondary Strand

Secondary same as primary

Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Transition Coordinator

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

All; Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education; Adult/Senior

Session Delivery Format

In-person presentation with live-stream

Course Schedule

This course was given at the ATIA 2022 Conference on Friday, Jan 28: 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Learning Center CEUs

ASHA CE Information:
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: May 16, 2022
ASHA CE Approved Provider. ATIA. Intermediate Level. 0.10 ASHA CEUs

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.


Hali Strickler, M.A., CCC-SLP

TechOWL, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, AAC Services Coordinator


Hali Strickler is an AAC Services Coordinator for TechOWL at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Her work at TechOWL includes providing AAC supports and services to individuals in Pennsylvania, as well as logistics for the ACES (Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports) program. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from Temple University. Hali is a licensed (in Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with experience in the public school setting and adult community-based settings. Throughout her career, Hali has developed a passion for assistive technology and AAC. 

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Hali Strickler is an employee of Temple University and receives a salary. She also receives compensation for private and contracted speech-language therapy services.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Hali Strickler is a member of ASHA (the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and Special Interest Group 12 Augmentative and Alternative Communication.