206: Implementing AAC with DHH Students with Quinn Kelly

Implementing AAC with DHH Students with Quinn Kelly


Wondering how you can better help your deaf and hard-of-hearing students when it comes to using their AAC and ASL? You’re in luck! 

I sat down with one of my 2024 March Speech Retreat Speakers, Quinn Kelly, to discuss how we can better implement AAC in combination with ASL with our deaf and hard-of-hearing students in speech therapy. 

Quinn is an expert and she’s sharing all of her tips in this episode! 

Quinn is bilingual, American Sign Language-fluent, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Mercy College. 

She is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Iowa. Currently, she works at a school for the Deaf, primarily servicing Deaf-Disabled students targeting AAC, expressive and receptive language in American Sign Language, as well as listening/spoken language goals.

Quinn specializes in working with AAC with individuals with multiple disabilities. She has worked with both neurotypical and complex communicators through various approaches (eg., total communication, AAC, sensory-based.) She has developed and published an informal assessment for AAC, as well as conducted and presented research about AAC on the national and international levels. 

She is currently involved with two research projects focusing on using AAC for deaf individuals with disabilities. She currently holds an assistive technology professional certificate from RESNA. Quinn also has considerable experience working with d/Deaf and Hard of hearing individuals ages 3-21.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How Quinn came to specialize in working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and when she realized the power of AAC
  • Students who qualify for AAC use
  • Strategies for combining ASL and AAC
  • How to choose devices and systems when working with these students
  • Tips to work on core words in ASL


I hope you enjoyed hearing these ASL and AAC tips with Quinn! It’s so important that we learn to understand the culture of the deaf community and help these students meet their goals in the way that works for them! 

If you want to learn more from Quinn, you can get her free AAC and Deaf Students resource and her free AAC Candidacy Determination resource. You can also follow her on Instagram. 

Sign up TODAY for our March 9th conference and learn more from Quinn and other amazing speakers! Practical professional development from SLPs and professionals sharing what is working for them!  Check it out at Speechretreat.com.


Implementing AAC with DHH Students with Quinn Kelly


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