Kate McLaughlin, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Adjunct Faculty

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Wellness
School of Health Sciences
About Kate

Kate is an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven. She became a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2006 and has worked in clinic, home, and school-based settings. Kate specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children with complex communication needs. She believes autonomous communication, inclusion, and self-determination are fundamental human rights. She is passionate about supporting children and families on their journey to autonomous communication. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and holds licensure as a speech-language pathologist in the state of Connecticut. Kate is in private practice in Connecticut, providing direct therapy and consultative services for individuals with complex communication needs. She also provides in-person and online training to parents and professionals nationally and internationally.

Recent Presentations
  • Hayes, L. McLaughlin, K., & Flaxman, K. (June, 2022) Gestalt Language Processing & AAC: What Do We Know & Where Do We Go? AAC in the Cloud 2022 Conference
  • McLaughlin, K. (November, 2021). Authentic Connection: Maximizing Motivation & Learning for Emergent AAC Learners, Talking AAC Conference
  • McLaughlin, K. (January, 2022). AAC & Gestalt Language Processing, Meaningful Speech Course
  • McLaughlin, K. & Moretti, T. (November, 2021). Key Learning Strategies for Supporting AAC Learners with Angelman Syndrome: A Parent & Professional Conversation, Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics.
  • Burkhart, L & McLaughlin, K. (October, 2021). Angelman Syndrome: Brain-Based Learning Strategies for Autonomous Communication and Academic Engagement, Closing The Gap National Conference
  • McLaughlin, K. (October, 2021). Unpacking Prompting in AAC Therapy, InterfaceKZN South Africa McLaughlin, (August, 2021). AAC Modeling for Autonomy & Language Learning, Therapist Neurodiversity Collective
  • McLaughlin, K. (January, 2021). Emergent AAC Learning Needs, Infinitec, UCP-Seguin
  • McLaughlin, K. (February, 2021.) Aided Language Input: Making the Most of Your Models, Infinitec, UCP-Seguin
  • McLaughlin, K. (December, 2020). Hierarchy of Teaching Considerations for Emergent AAC Learners, Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium, Canada
  • McLaughlin, K. (October, 2020). Aided Language Input for Effective AAC Implementation, InterfaceKZN, South Africa
Course(s) Taught
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Severe Disabilities