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Continuous training program for teachers working with AAC : changing speeches and practices

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The current paper presents a research intended to implement and evaluate a continuous in-service training program for public school teachers who work at Multifunctional Resource Rooms teachers to devise and use AAC resources . The study was structured in three phases and started in February 2013 including eighteen teachers, five students with no functional speech supervised by these teachers, researchers from a public university and a team of specialized teachers from Municipal Board of Education. Eleven training sessions were carried out, between May and December 2013. Questionnaires, field diary, and AAC resources were used to collect data. First phase set the teachers profile, very important for the training preparation, which occurred during the second phase. The training program was structured to allow participants thinking about their daily educational practices with a problematization methodology approach. Training contents were set based on the participantsĀ“needs , pointed in questionnaires, emphasizing planning, execution and evaluation of AAC services and resources offered at their Multifunctional Resource Rooms. The data showed a change both in teachersĀ“ speech and educational practice, regarding the use of AAC. The four non vocal students benefited from the introduction of AAC resources and strategies. Research was also important to widen the partnership between Municipal Board of Education and a public university in a Brazilian large city.

Author(s):

Carolina Schirmer    
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Leila Nunes    
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Janaina Larrate    
Instituto Helena Antipoff
Brazil

Maristela Siqueira    
Instituto Helena Antipoff
Brazil

Vera Lucia Val    
Instituto Helena Antipoff
Brazil

 

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