My name is Kacy Barron, and I'm a speech-language pathologist in Northeast Florida. Many other speech-language pathologists, parents, and educators want to know more about augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and how it can help someone who is nonspeaking as a result of a temporary or lifelong disability.
What is AAC? The short answer is it's how people with difficulty with speech production can communicate.
I saw a need for more information about best practices in using AAC, and Beach Therapy was born. I strive to help individuals with complex communication needs through sharing my insights and expertise with their speech-language pathologists, parents, and teachers.
To work with Kacy Barron for AAC workshops, presentations, and consultations, please email Kacy at [email protected]
Kacy L. Barron is a clinical researcher, ASHA credentialed speech-language pathologist, and passionate online educator. Kacy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University in 2016 with a master's degree in speech language pathology and was the Graduate Student Award recipient. Since graduating, Kacy has worked with a variety of populations, including early-intervention, school-age children, adults, and geriatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, traumatic brain injury units, schools, and private practice. Kacy has implemented AAC in medical, school, and private practice settings with a variety of individuals, including individuals with cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injury, and down syndrome (to name a few).
Gladfelter, A., Barron, K. L., & Johnson, E. (2019). Visual and verbal semantic productions in children with ASD, DLD, and typical language. Journal of Communication Disorders, 82, 105921. doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2019.105921
Kreger, K. L. (2016). The production of semantic representations in children with specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, and typical language development (Graduate thesis, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY).