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AAC in mainstream schooling. Four motor disability cases.

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AAC allows pupils with severe speech disabilities to participate actively in an inclusive school context. This participation includes not only the acquisition of communicative and linguistic skills but also provides access to the academic curriculum.
In this session we will present examples and videos of four pupils aged between 7 and 9 attending primary mainstream school in Catalonia (Spain): two boys and a girl with cerebral palsy and one girl with perisylvian syndrome. So far they have been following the general education curriculum to an acceptable level and the adaptations include alternative formats, methodological process and alternative access … All of them use AAC: communication boards, assistive technology and adapted software. This presentation will illustrate several strategies that were implemented to support their needs and also those of teachers, families and other pupils in the classroom.
This ongoing project has been carried out over three years and includes assessment, counseling and follow-up of each case. The longitudinal perspective of the four cases illustrates a satisfactory academic and personal progression, but the challenges of the process will also be highlighted.

Author(s):

Marc Coronas Puig-Pallarols    
UTAC - Universitat de Barcelona
Spain

Emili Soro-Camats    
UTAC - Universitat de Barcelona
Spain

Maria Dolors Suárez Ros    
UTAC - Universitat de Barcelona
Spain

Eva Franch Bo    
UTAC - Universitat de Barcelona
Spain

 

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