AAC Considerations for Individuals With Angelman Syndrome Purpose To provide an overview of communication characteristics exhibited by individuals with Angelman Syndrome (AS) and special considerations associated with the design and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) programs. Method Results of recent studies exploring individuals' uses of AAC are reviewed, with particular emphasis on factors ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2015
AAC Considerations for Individuals With Angelman Syndrome
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Stephen N. Calculator
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Disclosure: Financial: Stephen N. Calculator has no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosure: Financial: Stephen N. Calculator has no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Research findings reported in this manuscript have been shared with audiences at annual conventions of ASHA as well as the biennial conferences of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    Nonfinancial: Research findings reported in this manuscript have been shared with audiences at annual conventions of ASHA as well as the biennial conferences of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2015
AAC Considerations for Individuals With Angelman Syndrome
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2015, Vol. 24, 106-113. doi:10.1044/aac24.3.106
History: Received December 16, 2014 , Revised April 6, 2015 , Accepted April 7, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2015, Vol. 24, 106-113. doi:10.1044/aac24.3.106
History: Received December 16, 2014; Revised April 6, 2015; Accepted April 7, 2015

Purpose To provide an overview of communication characteristics exhibited by individuals with Angelman Syndrome (AS) and special considerations associated with the design and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) programs.

Method Results of recent studies exploring individuals' uses of AAC are reviewed, with particular emphasis on factors related to individuals' acceptance and successful uses of AAC systems.

Results Not applicable

Conclusion Despite their inconsistent access to practices previously found to foster individuals' acceptance of AAC systems, individuals with AS demonstrate the ability to use AAC systems, including high-tech AAC devices, successfully.

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