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Current Issues in Augmentative & Alternative Communication Service Provision (WEBS1221221)

Course Description

These Perspectives (SIG 12) articles provide information on an assortment of current issues in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) service provision. Specific topics include discussions regarding preparation and training of speech-language pathologists and other stakeholders in the AAC field as well as information regarding culturally competent assessment and intervention. In addition, literacy acquisition using video visual scene displays is introduced and information regarding image color in AAC displays is provided.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • describe the benefits and potential challenges associated with response to critical communication needs training
  • apply information learned regarding color and AAC displays into clinical practice
  • identify potential gaps in the preservice training of speech-language pathologists
  • discuss the challenges associated with literacy acquisition in children with complex communication needs and explain the benefits of sight word training for these children
  • describe cultural competence and explain its importance in AAC service provision

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. An Exploratory Study on Augmentative and Alternative Communication Classroom Integration Training for Special Educators Who Work With Children With Complex Communication Needs in the Bahamas by Shameka Stanford and Ovetta Harris, published in SIG 12, Volume 4, Issue 5, October 31, 2019
  2. The Effect of Symbol Background Color on the Speed of Locating Targets by Adults Without Disabilities: Implications for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Display Design by Jennifer J. Thistle, published in SIG 12, Volume 4, Issue 6, December 26, 2019
  3. The Training Experiences of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Practitioners in One Midwestern State by Sarah N. Douglas, Patricia West, and Rebecca Kammes, published in SIG 12, Volume 5, Issue 1, February 21, 2020
  4. Examining Social Communication Effects of a Picture Communication Board in a Child With Autism by Jenna Lesser and Kerry Danahy Ebert, published in SIG 12, Volume 5, Issue 1, April 24, 2020
  5. Video Visual Scene Displays With Dynamic Text: Effect on Single-Word Reading by an Adolescent With Cerebral Palsy by Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light, and David McNaughton, published in SIG 12, Volume 5, Issue 5, October 23, 2020
Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 6
ASHA CEU*: 0.6
Item #(s): WEBS1221221
Available Through: October 21, 2023