Kelsey Aughey

Kelsey Aughey is a letterboard specialist and the owner of OutWord, LLC. Her passion was discovered when she was able to communicate with her cousin Ian for the first time, thanks to a letterboard. Ian went 15 years without a reliable means of expression. Once Kelsey finally got to know her cousin, she realized she had to reach out into her community to teach as many as she could about the letterboards.


Kelsey was fortunate enough to work as an educator and lead letterboard specialist at The Hirsch Academy, in addition to seeing clients at her private practice on the weekends. Her love of teaching continued to grow while traveling the world for letterboard outreaches and conferences. Now, Kelsey is focusing on her private practice, in the hopes of reaching even more people in need of letterboards.


Kelsey and her cousin, Ian at the TASH 2016 conference in St. Louis.

  • Experience working with neurodivergent clients, including those with autism, down syndrome, ADHD, etc., ages 5-40 in individual and group sessions

  • Experience consulting with schools and staff

  • Presented at The Hirsch Academy's Conference: Innovations in Education February 2018

  • Travel internationally and throughout the country for Letterboard Outreach support: Canada, New Zealand, Washington state, Washington D.C., Florida, California 

  • Mentored professionals taking the Growing Kids Therapy Center's course: Accessing Community Through Spelling (ACTS)

  • Presented at Soma RPM conference in February 2015

  • Collaborated with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Growing Kids Therapy Center and The Hirsch Academy for a poster presentation at TASH's 2016 conference

  • Co-presented at the Nonspeaking CommUnity Consortium's 2017 Motormorphosis conference

  • Completed a neurodiversity course at the College of William and Mary June 2016

  • Assisted new letterboard users in hands-on breakout sessions at the Institute for Communication and Inclusion's July 2016 Summer Institute


  • Completed Soma’s Level 1 RPM Certification Course

  • And more!