Using Standards-Based Instruction To Teach Language to Children Who Use AAC Federal legislation has increasingly mandated that students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum. The general education curriculum should be the primary content and context of the education and therapeutic intervention for students who use AAC. Special educators, including speech and language pathologists, need to encapsulate the essence ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2012
Using Standards-Based Instruction To Teach Language to Children Who Use AAC
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  • Solana Henneberry
    Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Concord, CA
  • Jennifer Kelso
    West Contra Costa Unified School District, El Cerrito, CA
  • Gloria Soto
    Department of Special Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
  • Disclosure: Solana Henneberry has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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  • Disclosure: Jennifer Kelso has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Jennifer Kelso has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
  • Disclosure: Gloria Soto has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2012
Using Standards-Based Instruction To Teach Language to Children Who Use AAC
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2012, Vol. 21, 92-98. doi:10.1044/aac21.3.92
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2012, Vol. 21, 92-98. doi:10.1044/aac21.3.92
Abstract

Federal legislation has increasingly mandated that students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum. The general education curriculum should be the primary content and context of the education and therapeutic intervention for students who use AAC. Special educators, including speech and language pathologists, need to encapsulate the essence of Common Core Content Standards and the general education curriculum to address the content and language needs of AAC users. The interconnection of curriculum content and language demands for the AAC user can be accomplished using readily available research based tools and strategies. We created a five-step process to help SLPs incorporate the general education curriculum into intervention to address language goals of AAC users: 1) assessment; 2) identifying grade level content standards from Common Core or state standards; 3) identifying the “essence” of the standard as it relates to language; 4) generating IEP goals; and 5) teaching language skills across curricular activities. We will provide examples of this process to address a general education standard and the language and curricular content goals for beginning communicators, context-dependent communicators and for students communicating independently. Collaboration between the SLP and educators by means of these steps supports student success across all curricular areas.

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