The AAC Coach

The AAC Coach

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Kate McLaughlin is a speech-language pathologist specializing in augmentative communication (AAC) for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN).

She believes that autonomous communication, inclusion, and self-determination are fundamental human rights. She partners with individuals with CCN and their families to support their AAC journey.

Kate is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and holds licensure as a speech language pathologist in the state of Connecticut. She has worked in home, school, and clinic settings with clients of all ages. Kate trains parents and professionals on proven strategies to support their learner’s authentic and autonomous communication.

"Kate’s support over the years has provided me with an immense amount of confidence in supporting my son find his voice. She has a way of breaking down the complexity of AAC so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Her willingness to go above and beyond in supporting our family find our footing in the AAC world is something I will always be grateful for."

Taina M, Parent

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Kim Albrecht and Kate kick off a series on AAC and how it offers much more to complex communicators and those who wish to know them....

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Speechie Side Up

Venita Litvack and Kate identified 2 universal requirements for all emergent AAC users, and 3 key stakeholders...

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Talking with Tech

Rachel Madel interviews Kate about resetting expectations and the importances of celebrating small successes...

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Meaningful Speech

Alexandria Zachos and Kate dig into gestalt language processing and delayed echolalia...

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Two Sides of the Spectrum

Kate joins Meg Proctor of Learn, Play, Thrive to discuss the difference between independent and autonomous...

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Parent, Taina Moretti, talks with Kate about key strategies for supporting learners with Angelman Syndrome...

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PrAACtical AAC

Kate explores "motivating" emergent communicators through shared "meaning-making" and communication responsibility...

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"I am so clear about authentic autonomous communication now... I feel validated and encouraged to continue to support all my clients and families to work towards authentic autonomous communication."


"Kate provides a safe space for us to unlearn the compliance-based therapy methods we have been taught and to learn ways to support authentic, autonomous communication with AAC users."

Emily M, M.A., CCC-SLP

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