SPLP 6011 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Pre-requisites: SPLP 6017 Language Disorders in Children; SPLP 6006 Neurological Bases of Communication

This course introduces augmentative and alternative communication and the strategies used to improve the communication skills of individuals with limited, non-functional speech, or complex communication needs. Topics include terminology and application of AAC, assessment of potential AAC users, selection of an AAC device, evidenced-based practice and performance measurement, and intervention strategies. This course emphasizes aided communication systems and students will have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with non-electronic and low-tech AAC systems and will be provided with information on high tech systems.

ASHA Standards:
Standard IV C—Augmentative and Alternative Communication Modalities
Standard IV C—Cognitive Aspects of Communication
Standard IV C—Social Aspects of Communication
Standard IV D—Augmentative and Alternative Communication Modalities: Assessment and Intervention
Standard IV F—Evidence Based Clinical Practice

SLAATT Scope of Practice:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Intervention
Prosthetic/Adaptive Device Assessment
Prosthetic/Adaptive Device Intervention

Readings: TBA.