Two Components Necessary for the Successful Implementation and Use of Alternative Access to AAC Devices: Some Ideas and Applications That Really Work I would like to introduce myself to those of you reading this article. I am an occupational therapist (OT) who has been in practice a long time, but who, rather than being “burned out,” remains fully energized by the joys of the journey I experience every day with the ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2007
Two Components Necessary for the Successful Implementation and Use of Alternative Access to AAC Devices: Some Ideas and Applications That Really Work
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  • Karen M. Kangas
    Shamokin, PA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2007
Two Components Necessary for the Successful Implementation and Use of Alternative Access to AAC Devices: Some Ideas and Applications That Really Work
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2007, Vol. 16, 17-19. doi:10.1044/aac16.4.17
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2007, Vol. 16, 17-19. doi:10.1044/aac16.4.17
I would like to introduce myself to those of you reading this article. I am an occupational therapist (OT) who has been in practice a long time, but who, rather than being “burned out,” remains fully energized by the joys of the journey I experience every day with the children I meet and with you, their speech-language pathologists (SLPs), parents, and teachers. I am one of you, I am still “in the trenches,” and I have no desire to leave them; this is where I want to be. I am currently in a more consultative practice, but still treat children (and adults) besides teaching and more directly helping those who help others. I have decided to write this article as if I were speaking to you, rather than in a more “academic” style. I hope it helps you, and the children you serve, as we all become better at what we do, sharing this challenging road of supporting increased independence, especially in communication, education, and living.
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