Communicate and Collaborate! Strategies for Facilitating AAC Use at Home and School Family and school collaboration is key for successful implementation of augmentative alternative communication (AAC). The importance of this collaboration as well as specific strategies for including families in all aspects of the AAC process is outlined in this paper. Strategies to improve communication throughout the assessment process are discussed as ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2014
Communicate and Collaborate! Strategies for Facilitating AAC Use at Home and School
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Heather DeFelice
    California Department of Education Diagnostic Center Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Alison R. Scheer-Cohen
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California
  • Deanna M. Hughes
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California
  • Disclosures: Financial: Heather DeFelice, Alison R. Scheer-Cohen, and Deanna M. Hughes have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosures: Financial: Heather DeFelice, Alison R. Scheer-Cohen, and Deanna M. Hughes have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Heather DeFelice, Alison R. Scheer-Cohen, and Deanna M. Hughes have no nonfinancial interests to disclose
    Nonfinancial: Heather DeFelice, Alison R. Scheer-Cohen, and Deanna M. Hughes have no nonfinancial interests to disclose×
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Article   |   June 01, 2014
Communicate and Collaborate! Strategies for Facilitating AAC Use at Home and School
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2014, Vol. 23, 157-162. doi:10.1044/aac23.3.157
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2014, Vol. 23, 157-162. doi:10.1044/aac23.3.157

Family and school collaboration is key for successful implementation of augmentative alternative communication (AAC). The importance of this collaboration as well as specific strategies for including families in all aspects of the AAC process is outlined in this paper. Strategies to improve communication throughout the assessment process are discussed as well as specific interventions that can assist in treatment. Finally, efforts to improve generalization and maintenance of AAC abilities are detailed.

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