147: Functional Communication & High School Students with Katelyn Kelps

Functional Communication & High School Students with Katelyn Kelps


Do you work with high schoolers that have an AAC? 

So many SLPs in this position really struggle to make their lessons functional, so they end up stuck working on the same goals year after year. If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Katelyn Kelps from The Communication Classroom to talk about how you can work on functional communication with your older students in an effective way. 

Katelyn is going into year 8 of being an SLP. She works with both high school and elementary students. She is passionate about AAC, functional communication, and team collaboration. When it comes to high school students that are using AAC, collaboration is key, and Katelyn has some amazing tips for collaborating with other teachers and families.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How to focus on functional communication with older students
  • Examples of vocational training goals
  • Tips for AAC use
  • Team collaboration tips
  • What to do when students using AAC aren’t making progress
  • Tips for parent collaboration
  • In-school jobs for students
  • Goal examples


I hope you enjoyed this episode with Katelyn and got a nice jolt of inspiration. She shared so many valuable tips about working with high school speech students, so I hope you are able to take some of them and apply them to your speech sessions. 

If you want to learn more about Katelyn, make sure to follow her on Instagram where she shares a lot about AAC and collaboration. You can also check out her TpT store for her best SLP resources. 

Are you ready to plan with ease and confidence with older students? Make sure to join us inside the SLP Elevate membership! 


Functional Communication & High School Students with Katelyn Kelps


Joke of the Week:

Q: What is a cat’s favorite color? 

A: Purr-ple 


Resources Mentioned: 

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Check Katelyn’s her TpT store

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