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What an Experience—A Preservice Training Opportunity!
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan M. Moore
    Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Tracy M. Kovach
    Department of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Learning Services, The Children’s Hospital, Denver
  • Carroll Ann Donaldson
    Assistive, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team, Denver Public Schools
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Article   |   May 01, 1997
What an Experience—A Preservice Training Opportunity!
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1997, Vol. 6, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aac6.2.9
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1997, Vol. 6, 9-11. doi:10.1044/aac6.2.9
While many of the clinical experiences necessary to complete a graduate degree are traditionally provided through on-campus clinical practica in a university clinic, the nature of specialized training in AAC precludes a comprehensive training experience at a university clinic alone. Koul and Lloyd (1994)  reported that about 75% of student clinicians in surveyed programs received only 10% or less of their practica experiences with non-speaking individuals. When and where then do students receive this experience? Or, is a more telling question, do students receive this experience? To date, emphasis appears to have been on the development of didactic training workshops or traditional lecture courses with little or no follow-up, clinical experience, hands-on training with AAC systems, or exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of AAC (Ratcliff and Beukelman, 1995).
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