Enhancing AAC for Adults
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People with severe communication disorders often benefit
from the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). As technology
has advanced and people have become more comfortable using a wide variety of
programs, patient expectations about how AAC systems look and feel have also
increased. In addition, programs and tools that are used daily, such as
Facebook and Twitter, provide alternative communication options for people who
have difficulty with face-to-face interactions. This journal self-study
explores preferences about topics and types of visual supports as well as
information about how people who use AAC can expand their communication using
social media. Clinicians working with adults who use AAC can apply this
information to improve decisions about methods and types of communication
supports and maximize patient success.
You will be able to:
- discuss the benefits and drawbacks of different types of
visual supports used in AAC systems
- explain why traditional AAC vocabulary selection techniques
may not meet the needs of adult AAC users
- describe the topics that adult AAC users prefer to be able to
- explain AAC use in people with ALS and how social media use
may benefit them
What is a journal self-study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.
Online, multiple-choice exam