Rationale for Preservice Training in AAC Inclusion in public schools of children who have severe communication impairments as well as the deinstitutionalization of those who are developmentally disabled have helped move us away from the expert model in delivery of services for individuals who need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Instead, all professionals who ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1999
Rationale for Preservice Training in AAC
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  • Ann Ratcliff
    Central Michigan University
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Article   |   February 01, 1999
Rationale for Preservice Training in AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 3-6. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.3
Inclusion in public schools of children who have severe communication impairments as well as the deinstitutionalization of those who are developmentally disabled have helped move us away from the expert model in delivery of services for individuals who need augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Instead, all professionals who come in contact with the individual using AAC are his/her support system (Glennen & DeCoste, 1997; Lloyd, Fuller, & Arvidson, 1997). Today, populations of individuals who rely on AAC are more widely distributed in the caseloads of most speech-language pathologists (Simpson, Beukelman, & Bird, 1998). Ratcliff and Beukelman (1995)  surveyed professionals affiliated with speech-language pathology training programs in the United States. They reported that as many as 87% of speech-language pathologists surveyed indicated they had worked with individuals using AAC. This information necessitates those of us in higher education to consider AAC training as an integral aspect of our curricula in the preprofessional preparation of speech-language pathologists. To this end, the following are data that should be helpful for those of you who need a rationale for including and/or expanding training in AAC in your preprofessional programs.
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