Collaboration in This Environment of Mobile Technology and Change: One Clinician's Perspective The proliferation of mobile technology (commercially available systems, such as the iPads, iPad Minis, Androids, and Windows tablets) has decreased barriers and put communication systems into the hands of many of our persons who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC). Because there are so many benefits with the advent of ... Article
Article  |   January 2015
Collaboration in This Environment of Mobile Technology and Change: One Clinician's Perspective
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  • Jennifer A. Leighton
    Cotting Consulting: An Outreach Program of Cotting School, Lexington, Massachusetts
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Article   |   January 2015
Collaboration in This Environment of Mobile Technology and Change: One Clinician's Perspective
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, January 2015, Vol. 24, 12-18. doi:10.1044/aac24.1.12
History: Received October 2, 2014 , Revised January 1, 2015 , Accepted February 5, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, January 2015, Vol. 24, 12-18. doi:10.1044/aac24.1.12
History: Received October 2, 2014; Revised January 1, 2015; Accepted February 5, 2015

The proliferation of mobile technology (commercially available systems, such as the iPads, iPad Minis, Androids, and Windows tablets) has decreased barriers and put communication systems into the hands of many of our persons who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC). Because there are so many benefits with the advent of mobile technology, so too are there challenges that can come up as a result of this technology (McNaughton & Light, 2013). Moreover, the speed of innovation and the commercial availability of these devices can put teachers, therapists, and families at odds. In the past, devices were harder to obtain, but we had a strong process and assessment protocol to support device acquisition and implementation (Gosnell, Costello, & Shane, 2011). A key component of our role in this new and changing environment is to restructure the discussion and process in order to recapture the type of teamwork and collaboration we previously experienced. This article will discuss issues, strategic ideas, as well as success stories from one clinician's perspective, related to AAC implementation utilizing mobile technology, across home, school, and community settings.

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