Service Learning Model for Preprofessional Preparation in AAC at New Mexico State University New Mexico State University and Las Cruces Public Schools have worked cooperatively to implement a program dedicated to facilitating the use of AAC technology by elementary and high school students who use AAC within the classrooms of the public schools. Speech-language pathology students assume primary responsibility for “doing what ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1999
Service Learning Model for Preprofessional Preparation in AAC at New Mexico State University
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Article   |   February 01, 1999
Service Learning Model for Preprofessional Preparation in AAC at New Mexico State University
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 7. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1999, Vol. 8, 7. doi:10.1044/aac8.1.7
New Mexico State University and Las Cruces Public Schools have worked cooperatively to implement a program dedicated to facilitating the use of AAC technology by elementary and high school students who use AAC within the classrooms of the public schools. Speech-language pathology students assume primary responsibility for “doing what needs to be done” in order for the children to use their AAC systems to participate in school activities. The students from New Mexico State constructed overlays, programmed voice output devices, set up maintenance schedules, and facilitated team interaction. These participating speech-pathology students were required to have had an introductory class in AAC and at least two semesters of AAC clinical experience. Supervision of the AAC intervention was provided by the New Mexico State supervisor at the school sites one or 2 days a week. The supervisor also reviewed videotapes, paperwork, and self reflection journals. Three competency levels: AAC user communication participation; technology; and interdisciplinary facilitation were evaluated. Students were considered to have reached competency if they had in place functioning elements within each of these levels.
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