Date of Award

August 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Shelley Lund

Committee Members

Barbara Pauloski, John Heilmann, Michelle Silverman


AAC, COVID-19, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, School-based


Purpose: The first purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics and procedures of successful AAC teams in schools. The second purpose was to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the functioning of teams. Methods: Well-functioning teams completed an online survey about their team. Results: Results indicated there was no particular profile of what constituted a well-functioning team in this study. Results also indicated a significant change in meeting modality because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusion: Participants discussed several procedures and characteristics of their well-functioning AAC team. AAC teams may consider implementing discussed procedures to improve their overall functioning.