Perspectives on AAC Intervention in School Settings This article presents the perspective of a parent and an AAC device user on the importance of focused intervention on language development with individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC devices. The parent perspective outlines the speech-language pathology treatment story of her child. Using that lessons of that story, ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2009
Perspectives on AAC Intervention in School Settings
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lori Warren
    Ocoee, FL
  • Faye Warren
    Ocoee, FL
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2009
Perspectives on AAC Intervention in School Settings
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2009, Vol. 18, 53-57. doi:10.1044/aac18.2.53
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2009, Vol. 18, 53-57. doi:10.1044/aac18.2.53
Abstract

This article presents the perspective of a parent and an AAC device user on the importance of focused intervention on language development with individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC devices. The parent perspective outlines the speech-language pathology treatment story of her child. Using that lessons of that story, the parent challenges readers to advocate for the development of long-range language development planning and implementation of an AAC language development curriculum. In addition, the parent emphasizes the need for strong collaborative team building in order to support effective language intervention programs. The user perspective highlights the issue of core vocabulary, advanced vocabulary building, and traditional intervention on syntax, morphology, and discourse development. The reader is strongly urged to maintain focus on language development, rather than technology or device operation, as the essential element of life-long success for individuals using AAC devices.

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