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"Succeeds in integrating the how-to with research evidence in guiding its readers to more effective AAC intervention."
With more children and young adults with severe disabilities in today's general education classrooms, SLPs and other professionals must be ready to support their students' communication skills with effective AAC. They'll get the proven strategies they need with this intervention guide from top AAC experts, ideal for use as an in-service professional development resource or a highly practical text students will keep and use long after class is over.
Essential for SLPs, OTs, PTs, educators, and other professionals in school settings, this book helps readers establish a beginning functional communicative repertoire for learners with severe disabilities. Professionals will start with an in-depth intervention framework, including a guide to AAC modes and technologies, variables to consider when selecting AAC, and how AAC research can be used to support practice. Then they'll get explicit, evidence-based instructional strategies they'll use to help children and young adults
To help guide their interventions, professionals will get a CD-ROM with more than 35 blank forms and sample filled-in forms, plus helpful hints, research highlights, case examples, and chapter objectives. They'll also have a step-by-step primer on monitoring each learner's performance, including an overview of different types of measurement systems and when to use each of them. The go-to guide to the latest evidence-based AAC strategies, this research-to-practice book will help improve communication—and quality of life—for learners with a range of significant disabilities.
With more than 35 forms on CD-
Contents of the Accompanying CD-ROM vii
About the Authors and Contributors xi
I Establishing the Framework for Intervention
1 Teaching Pragmatic Skills to Individuals with Severe Disabilities Joe Reichle Nancy C. Brady 8
2 Building Blocks of a Beginning Communication System: Communicative Modes Susan S. Johnston Joanna Cosbey 25
3 AAC Systems Features Susan S. Johnston Kathleen M. Feeley 51
4 Improving Communicative Competence Through Alternative Selection Methods Patricia Dowden Albert M. Cook 81
5 Instructional Strategies Kathleen M. Feeley Emily A. Jones 119
6 Intervention Intensity: Developing a Context for Instruction Emily A. Jones Kathleen M. Feeley 155
7 Monitoring Learner Performance Kathleen M. Feeley Emily A. Jones 183
II Establishing Functional Communication
8 Teaching Learners to Correspond Graphic Symbols to Objects and Events Joe Reichle Krista M. Wilkinson 207
9 Gaining Access to Desired Objects and Activities Susan S. Johnston Joan Schumann 229
10 Escaping and Avoiding Objects and Activities Emily A. Jones Christopher E. Smith 249
11 Obtaining and Maintaining Communicative Interactions Kathleen M. Feeley Emily A. Jones 279
12 Using AAC to Support Language Comprehension Emily A. Jones Meredith Bailey-Orr 311
13 The Use of Augmentative Strategies to Enhance Communication of Verbal Mode Users Kathleen M. Feeley Emily A. Jones 347
Conclusion Joe Reichle Susan S. Johnston 365