Hello there! Welcome to AAC is where it’s AT.
Let me guess what you’re thinking… What’s with the pineapples?
Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and welcoming, and that’s exactly how I want you to feel!
Let’s get to know each other.
Do you know someone that is has trouble communicating? Does this person get frustrated when he or she is not understood? Is this person having trouble accessing his or her environment? Does she have trouble doing the things she needs to do on a daily basis? Are you a mother, father, sibling, or friend of someone that may benefit from methods to enhance their ability to communicate? Are you a speech-language pathologist looking for more info to help your clients/students?
Take a deep breath, because you’re in the right place.
Meet the Speech-Language Pathologist.
My name is Amanda M.L. Samperi, and I’m a speech-language pathologist with a passion for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT). I’m a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Penn State University, where I had the amazing opportunity to conduct research with Dr. Janice Light, Dr. Krista Wilkinson, Dr. Erinn Finke, and many others who are all focused on improving the lives of those using AAC and AT. The undergraduate and graduate programs at PSU include AAC therapy techniques, focused research, and literacy interventions.
After graduate school, I married my awesome husband, Matt, and we moved to Massachusetts, where I’ve been working ever since! I’ve provided services for many students using a variety of communication methods, and it’s been a joy and a challenge! These kiddos make me incredibly happy, and they continue to push me to think outside-the-box. I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some brilliant colleagues who have collaborated with me along the way. After all, it takes a village!
So, again, Welcome.
So, now that you know a bit about me, please take a moment to look around the site. You’ll find evidence-based research, tips and tricks for “real life” learning opportunities, and breaking news in the fields of AAC and AT. Most importantly, you’ll connect with an SLP who is living the dream and hoping you’ll join her! So please – explore, get comfy, and geek out. After all, AAC is where it’s AT!
More info about AAC, AT, and me!
Looking for more info about assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)? Check out my Contact Me! page and add your email in the form below to join our newsletter (with minimal emails… I promise)!
Amanda ML Samperi