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Current augmentative and alternative communication practices: South African speech language pathologists’ perceptions

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Aim: The aim of this study was to determine SLPs’ perceptions regarding their current AAC practices.
Method: A survey design is being used. A comprehensive sampling technique was employed to recruit all SLPs currently providing AAC related services. A survey was developed, using the Qualtrics™ online survey software. The questionnaire includes both open and closed ended questions. The questionnaire was emailed to SLPs via various list serves and professional organizations.
Results: Results of the pilot study indicated that SLPs currently use a limited variety of assessment and intervention approaches. Their current practices are informed by previous experience with various technologies and AAC systems. Findings of the main study are intended to be presented at the conference.
Conclusion: The results enhance the understanding of SLPs’ current AAC practices. The need for an evidence base practice in AAC practice is highlighted.

Author(s):

Yvonne Murphy    
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Dr Shakila Dada    
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Dr Kerstin Tonsing    
University of Pretoria
South Africa

 

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