Facilitating Family and Client Involvement in the SGD Evaluation and Decision Process There is general consensus that client and family involvement in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluation and decision process is associated with positive outcomes (Angelo, 2000; Bailey, Parette, Stoner, Angell, & Carroll, 2006; Parette & Angelo, 1996). This paper explores the importance of client and family involvement, summarizes research-based ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2015
Facilitating Family and Client Involvement in the SGD Evaluation and Decision Process
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  • Pamela R. Mitchell
    Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • Robin Alvares
    Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH
  • Disclosure: Financial: Pamela R. Mitchell and Robin Alvares have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosure: Financial: Pamela R. Mitchell and Robin Alvares have no financial interests to disclose.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2015
Facilitating Family and Client Involvement in the SGD Evaluation and Decision Process
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 135-141. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.135
History: Received September 11, 2015 , Revised November 3, 2015 , Accepted November 6, 2015
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2015, Vol. 24, 135-141. doi:10.1044/aac24.4.135
History: Received September 11, 2015; Revised November 3, 2015; Accepted November 6, 2015

There is general consensus that client and family involvement in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluation and decision process is associated with positive outcomes (Angelo, 2000; Bailey, Parette, Stoner, Angell, & Carroll, 2006; Parette & Angelo, 1996). This paper explores the importance of client and family involvement, summarizes research-based strategies that have been associated with improvements in family involvement and team collaborations, and presents clinically applicable strategies that may be used to foster client and family engagement and empowerment in the AAC decision-making process.

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