Lecture 15 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Unformatted text preview: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Chapter 15 Overview • Definitions • Who can benefit? • Types of AAC systems • Symbol representation • Symbol/vocabulary organization • Selection methods • What is involved in becoming a competent communicator? Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) • Augment – To increase or to add to communication abilities • Alternative – To use as a substitute or in place of speech • Who can benefit from AAC? – Anyone whose communication needs are not being met by speech alone – Approximately 3.5 million Americans have severe communication disabilities and require AAC – Prevalence is rising • >11% of preschoolers receiving special ed services need AAC • Mean of 24% of preschool SLPs’ caseloads = kids who need AAC – Individuals with Congenital disabilities • e.g., cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation – Individuals with Acquired disabilities • e.g., ALS, severe aphasia, TBI – Individuals who are temporarily unable to speak • e.g., tracheotomy, Guillan Barre syndrome “If you want to know what it is like to...
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2008 for the course HSLS 108 taught by Professor Mccarthy during the Spring '08 term at Ohio University- Athens.

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