The Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

The Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a field which crosses many disciplinary boundaries. It is a rapidly changing field that uses the latest innovations and technologies to aid the language-disabled, and requires fluency not only in the hands-on technological aspect, but the service-delivery side as well. This well-written handbook addresses that need and is filled with practical information and extensive referencing. Some of its unique features include overview of development of assistive technology and its links with AAC, and present service delivery models in a variety of settings; discussions of available technology systems, strategies, and access, and issues of literacy development, funding and legal responsibility, and program effectiveness; examines special populations and special environments; includes case studies throughout; and extensive appendixes of devices, manufacturers, associations. A valuable text for graduate students studying communication disorders and special education, the book would be a useful addition to the professional library of anyone working with AAC users, most especially for those working with children.Although training may begin in a more clinical one-on-one setting, skills will need to be generalized to natural settings such as the grocery store, the hair salon, and work settings. At times, it is necessary to focus training on more than oneanbsp;...

Title:The Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Author:Sharon Glennen, Denise C. DeCoste
Publisher:Cengage Learning - 1997


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