A Collaborative Preservice Program in AT and AAC While the shortage of special educators and speech-language pathologists is an ongoing national problem (Willig & Harrison, 2001), there is a corresponding critical shortage in the numbers of these professionals who are adequately trained to serve children with assistive technology and augmentative communication AT/AAC needs (Edyburn & Gardner, 1999). ... Article
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A Collaborative Preservice Program in AT and AAC
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Article   |   June 01, 2004
A Collaborative Preservice Program in AT and AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2004, Vol. 13, 3-7. doi:10.1044/aac13.2.3
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2004, Vol. 13, 3-7. doi:10.1044/aac13.2.3
While the shortage of special educators and speech-language pathologists is an ongoing national problem (Willig & Harrison, 2001), there is a corresponding critical shortage in the numbers of these professionals who are adequately trained to serve children with assistive technology and augmentative communication AT/AAC needs (Edyburn & Gardner, 1999). (The term “AT/AAC” will be used to refer to the program, although we recognize that there are distinct differences between assistive technology and augmentative communication.)
Using technology was found to be one of three areas in which special educators and speech-language pathologists felt least skillful even when professional development opportunities were available in this area (Gonzalez & Carlson, 2001; Willig & Harrison, 2001). The authors concluded that typical professional development activities do not reliably incorporate best practice nor allow time for planning implementation and new learning.
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