AAC, AT, Families, Inclusion, Literacy, UDL

Goossens, Crain, Elder Communication Overlay Color Reminder

Engineering Colors Reminder Download

As I start the new year with a new project, I am trying to think about what elements of design are important for each project. What is something I will thank myself for months and years down the line? One element is developing some universality with aided language stimulation style overlays. In the project, adapting a set of books and adapting the Building Blocks Literacy Framework, I set an intention to develop a thoughtful overlay system. What do you think is important in an overlay system?

G color reminder

One component I am going to incorporate is the classic color scheme made popular in the Goossens, Crain, and Elder Text.

Here is a helpful reminder card that I created in an AAC graduate course at Simmons College this past spring, taught by Patricia Walsh-Cassidy.

Engineering Colors Reminder Download PDF Format

Additionally, here are two terrific resources from Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite’s excellent website.


It would be terrific to hear what you are focusing on in an upcoming project or in this upcoming school year!

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September 17, 2007 - Posted by | AAC, Special Education, Uncategorized


  1. Sam it is great to be reminded of this fundamental key in building effective communication. Thanks for organizing the resources in this way. Madalaine

    Comment by madalainepugliese | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. Universality among users and those who know individuals who use AAC devices is of incredible importance. This not only crreates a communication system that can cross personal/ cultural/ societal differences, but it also provides a sense of belonging and of community! Great resources like this need to be appreciated. Kathleen

    Comment by Kathleen | July 25, 2012 | Reply

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