Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessment in the Schools The purpose of this article is to review augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment issues in the schools. Initially, the article discusses the role and responsibilities of school-based speech-language pathologists in the assessment of children with complex communication needs. Next, the article briefly reflects on the importance of teaming in ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2008
Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessment in the Schools
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lisa A. Proctor
    Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Jill Oswalt
    Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2008
Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Assessment in the Schools
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2008, Vol. 17, 13-19. doi:10.1044/aac17.1.13
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, April 2008, Vol. 17, 13-19. doi:10.1044/aac17.1.13
Abstract

The purpose of this article is to review augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment issues in the schools. Initially, the article discusses the role and responsibilities of school-based speech-language pathologists in the assessment of children with complex communication needs. Next, the article briefly reflects on the importance of teaming in device selection for children with AAC needs. The main portion of the article provides information on assessment tools and resources related to comprehensive assessment for children with complex communication needs. This includes information on assessment of speech production and the relevance in AAC assessment. This is followed by tools and resources for receptive language and expressive language assessment. Also included in this main section is information on tools that examine academic and social participation. Finally, information on literacy assessment for student with complex communication needs is provided. The intent of the article is to provide the reader with a brief overview of assessment tools and resources for children with complex communication needs.

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