24: Thinking Outside The Box – Working With Students With Complex Language Needs

Rachel Madel

Do you feel like your therapy sessions need a little more fun? Do you struggle to find ways to interact with your students with more complex communication concerns? If so, you may want to consider how to incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in your therapy sessions. 


In today’s episode, I chat with Rachel Madel – a Los Angeles-based speech-language pathologist who is dedicated to coaching parents and professionals on how to incorporate technology to best support speech and language development. Rachel presents on the use of AAC with children with complex communication needs. 


Listen in to get fun, outside the box ways to incorporate more AAC into your sessions. 




In Today’s Episode You’ll Learn: 


  • Rachel’s best advice for selecting a tool to use with your student 
  • Why the wrong AAC is better than no AAC
  • Why photos are a great place to start 
  • Common mistakes clinicians make in using AAC
  • Favorite FUN activities to use in your sessions
  • The best types of apps to use in your sessions
  • Why it is important to preview the apps and technology ahead of time
  • The value of telepractice for working with children


After listening to this episode, I hope you will have a wealth of additional tools and ideas for incorporating AAC into your therapy sessions. This is sure to be an episode you will save to your favorites and come back to again and again. 


Rachel Madel


Joke of the Week: 


Q: What is the most musical part of a fish? 

A: The scales


Resources Mentioned: 




Follow Rachel on Instagram

Follow Rachel on Facebook 

AAC in Telepractice Webinar 

AAC + Telepractice Presentation Slides 

Super Slime Simulator 

Slime Simulator Games

Pepi Bath 2

Rachel’s Favorite Apps List:

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