Social Communication: Adolescents & Adults as Emerging Communicators – Storytelling

Quick Overview

This session focused on using storytelling as a tool for social communication, particularly for individuals who are beginning or emerging communicators. The speaker discussed the importance of multimodal communication and personalization in storytelling. She also provided practical tips on using photos, videos, and communication devices to create and share personal stories. The session highlighted the use of apps like Pictello and GoTalk Now for creating interactive stories. The speaker emphasized the use of repeated lines and turn transfers to engage communication partners in the storytelling process. Overall, the session aimed to help individuals improve their social communication skills through storytelling.


In this session, we will explore the importance of social communication and how storytelling can be used as a tool to enhance communication skills for individuals who are beginning their journey as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) users. We will discuss the use of personal photos, the incorporation of personal communication strategies, and the benefits of using storytelling as a springboard for communication.

Using Personal Photos

One effective way to facilitate storytelling is by using personal photos. By organizing and selecting relevant photos, individuals can create albums that serve as visual aids for their stories. These albums can be easily accessed and used to prompt and guide the storytelling process. Additionally, photos can be used to convey emotions, describe events, and discuss personal experiences.

Incorporating Personal Communication Strategies

When creating stories, it is important to incorporate personal communication strategies. This can include using familiar phrases, repeating key messages, and practicing eye contact and non-verbal communication. By using these strategies, individuals can feel more comfortable and confident in sharing their stories.

Making Personal Stories

Personal stories can be created using communication devices such as AAC apps. By utilizing features like the “About Me” page, individuals can share personal information, preferences, and experiences. These stories can be as short or as long as desired, and can be used to engage in conversations and connect with others.

Enhancing Communication with Technology

Technology can play a significant role in enhancing communication skills. Apps like Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, and GoTalk Now offer features that allow users to create and share stories. These apps also provide options for adding videos, recording messages, and customizing communication pages. By utilizing these tools, individuals can create interactive and engaging stories that reflect their personal experiences and preferences.


Storytelling is a powerful tool for enhancing social communication skills in adolescents and adults. By incorporating personal photos, utilizing personal communication strategies, and leveraging technology, individuals can develop their communication skills and connect with others on a deeper level. Through storytelling, individuals can share their experiences, express their preferences, and engage in meaningful conversations.

Talk details

  • Title: Social Communication. Adolescents & Adults as Emerging Communicators – Storytelling
  • Author(s): Deanna Wagner
  • Author(s)’ affiliation: None
  • Publication date: 2017-08-14
  • Collection: 2017 ASF Family Conference