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Contemporary Issues: Augmentative & Alternative Communication Service Provision (WEBS1221222)

Course Description

These SIG 12 Perspectives articles provide information on current issues associated with display design and image complexity for individuals with cortical visual impairment and an in-depth overview of telepractice for people who rely on augmentative and alternative communication. Readers will be more adept at assessing and assisting children with cortical visual impairment and will have a better understanding of telepractice methods that can be used to improve virtual service delivery.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss how Cortical Visual Impairment Range scores might predict visual gaze patterns to more or less complex stimuli and also to stimuli that incorporate an “animate” element
  • assess informally the visual gaze patterns of children with cortical visual impairment with regard to the influence of stimulus or display complexity
  • describe various modes of telepractice and determine when one particular mode may be more useful than another

Assessment Type
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Articles in This Course

  1. A Preliminary Study of the Relation of Visual Attention to Stimulus Complexity and Functional Vision in Individuals With Cortical Visual Impairment: Implications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication by Tara V. McCarty, Dawn J. Sowers, Sophie J. Wolf, and Krista M. Wilkinson, published in SIG 12, October 25, 2021
  2. An In-Depth Case Description of Gaze Patterns of an Individual With Cortical Visual Impairment to Stimuli of Varying Complexity: Implications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Design by Krista M. Wilkinson and Sophie J. Wolf, published in SIG 12, October 20, 2021
  3. Supporting Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions for Individuals With Complex Communication Needs via Telepractice: A Tutorial by Jessica Simacek, Sanikan Wattanawongwan, Joe Reichle, Jolene Hyppa-Martin, Lauren Pierson, and Adele F. Dimian, published in SIG 12, Volume 6, Issue 5, October 20, 2021
Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 4
ASHA CEU*: 0.4
Item #(s): WEBS1221222
Available Through: November 04, 2026