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.
- Identify 2 or more examples of age-specific taboo words/concepts for each life-stage.
- Discuss 3 uses of swearing/expletives in social communication.
- Compare at least 2 AAC devices/language systems and their access to related symbols for taboo words.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Secondary same as primary
- AT Specialists
- Communication Specialist
- Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
- Disability Services
- Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
- Family Members
- Government/Non-Profit Agencies
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Special Education Educators
- Transition Coordinator
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
All; Birth - PreK; Elementary - Secondary (K-12); Higher Education; Adult/Senior
Session Delivery Format
In-person presentation with live-stream
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:
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: May 16, 2022
This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
ACVREP; AOTA; IACET
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.
This course was approved by CRCC for CRC CEUs and was included in the ATIA 2022 Virtual Event series. The ATIA 2022 Virtual Event CRC series offering was available from January 25, 2022 through January 24, 2023.
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.