Cathy Binger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor at the University of New Mexico who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has been a speech-language pathologist since 1993 and has expertise in building functional communication skills with children who use AAC. Dr. Binger is an active researcher who focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of intervention programs designed to enhance the language skills of children who use AAC. Her work also focuses on developing partner instruction programs – that is, programs designed to teach educators and families how to communicate more effectively with children who use AAC. Dr. Binger has co-authored two books and one book chapter on AAC and has published numerous research articles in both peer-reviewed journals and clinician-oriented newsletters. Her most recent research project, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, includes two randomized-controlled trials designed to track the early sentence development of preschoolers who use AAC. One study focuses on young children who have a range of disabilities such as cerebral palsy and childhood apraxia of speech, and the other focuses on children with Down syndrome.