Navigating Through Transition With Individuals With Speech Disabilities Transition to adult life poses many challenges for individuals with complex communication needs. Drawing upon both personal experience as well as the outcomes of recent research projects, the author describes important goals and key supports that should be considered in planning positive transition experiences for individuals who use augmentative and ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2010
Navigating Through Transition With Individuals With Speech Disabilities
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  • Pamela Kennedy
    AAC-RERC Writers Brigade Program, Carrollton, GA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2010
Navigating Through Transition With Individuals With Speech Disabilities
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2010, Vol. 19, 44-50. doi:10.1044/aac19.2.44
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2010, Vol. 19, 44-50. doi:10.1044/aac19.2.44
Abstract

Transition to adult life poses many challenges for individuals with complex communication needs. Drawing upon both personal experience as well as the outcomes of recent research projects, the author describes important goals and key supports that should be considered in planning positive transition experiences for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. Successful outcomes—including the possibility of developing friendships and intimate relationships—can be achieved with a dedicated transition team that involves and values the input of the individual with complex communication needs.

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