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Meaning-making and AAC Intervention: Engagement and Participation

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In spite of consistent efforts to supplement communication of individuals with severe speech problems' by using AAC strategies, the ability of users of AAC to develop friendships remain a challenge. Facilitating communication by promoting the linguistic, operational, social and strategic competency of the user is necessary, but not sufficient in addressing the development of relationships with others (Light & McNaughton, 2014). In an attempt to address this issue, the current presentation will describe a different model of communication by highlighting two components of meaning-making, i.e. participation and engagement. Thereafter, findings of two research studies will be described to demonstrate the application of the proposed model to AAC intervention.


Erna Alant    
Indiana University
United States

Lindsey Ogle    
Indiana University
United States


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