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Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Monday, June 6, 2022

Questions and Compliments – AAC Fun!

 What?  Krista Howard and I are working on a series of books to support teachers, therapists, and families who are supporting individuals who use AAC.  The books shown are free to anyone, and have been 'published' at www.tarheelreader.com.

Compliments Count Link

Why?  These books are intended to painlessly support partners in helping students:

Understand why these skills – giving compliments or asking partner-focused questions – are important and powerful (See Light and Binger, 1988, and Soto & Zangari, 2009 for more information).  It is helpful for both teaching partners and individuals who use AAC to understand why we are working on these goals.  Having cognitive clarity about goals helps people understand what we are doing, and what it will help them accomplish.  These goals are shared through 'advice from Krista' speech bubbles, such as those shown below:


Practice the skills we are sharing.  Students get an opportunity to try the skills of complimenting and asking partner-focused questions through visual prompts, such as those shown here.  In each case, the learner gets to practice, based on the image and the prompt.

Examples of the skills we are sharing.  Following each image, we give two examples of possible compliments / questions.  This demonstrates that a range of compliments or questions are appropriate, and helps learners not to get 'stuck' with one specific sample.

Have Fun!  So, what are you waiting for?  Start complimenting!  Start asking partner-focused questions!


Light, J. & Binger, C. (1998). Building Communication Competence with Individuals

Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Baltimore: Paul H.

Brookes Publishing Company.

Soto, G. and Zangari, Carole. (2009). Practically Speaking: Language, literacy, &

academic development for students with AAC needs. Baltimore, MD: Paul H.

Brookes Publishing Company.


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