Augmentative Communication Specialist

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 23, 2022
Jun 05, 2023
Full Time
Job Description

The Augmentative Communication Specialist evaluates students with significant communication impairments, in order to recommend, customize, implement and modify a broad range of technology and non-technology-based augmentative communication systems and to educate IEP teams on current trends and practices in the field of alternative/augmentative communication.

This job reports to the Executive Director of Special Education and Director of Related Services and Special Programs.


Education: Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education License in Speech-Language Pathology or eligibility to obtain one.

Experience: Advanced training and experience in Augmentative Communication, including recommendations, customization, and implementation of low to high-tech tools and strategies, including speech-generating devices, is required. Successful experience with children in a school setting, including those with moderate to severe disabilities, is desired.

Key Competencies: Knowledge of alternative/augmentative communication principles and practices including speech and language development; cultural and linguistic differences; current research-based instructional methodologies; technology and strategies associated with students having communication delays and disabilities; various aspects of aided and unaided AAC systems; features of various AAC tools; potential funding sources related to AAC; roles of communication partners; and evidence-based practices.

Essential Functions
  • Assists in the identification of AAC needs.
  • Evaluates the functional and educational needs of a student who is under consideration of AAC.
  • Recommends, provides, adapts, and modifies materials, strategies, and equipment to support communication skills in the educational setting.
  • Sets up device trials and evaluates responses to determine the appropriateness of technology for students and the environment.
  • Provides direct service and consultation to assigned speech management caseload to include AAC students in special education and general education classes.
  • Engineers classroom environments and provides staff training to engage students and enhance learning.
  • Develops and implements intervention strategies using direct, monitoring, consultation, and/or other models of service delivery, to facilitate the integration of AAC into classroom and family communication settings.
  • Provides recommendations, and assists in the selection, modification, and implementation of low, mid, and high technology solutions and devices.
  • Provides consultation, specialized information, technical assistance, and training to staff and family members in the use of AAC.
  • Facilitates the IEP decision-making process with regard to AAC.
  • Assists in adapting curriculum, as necessary, for students using AAC.
  • Collects, records and maintains data related to services, child performance, and progress.
  • Creates implementation plans and monitors the use of AAC tools, including devices, by classroom teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals.
  • May perform other additional duties or tasks as designated by supervisor.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (
Shift Type:

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