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Designing AAC interventions and research to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs

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Despite the positive impact of AAC interventions, many individuals with complex communication needs experience significant challenges participating in educational, vocational, healthcare, and community environments. In this session, we will apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework to illustrate the need to re-think AAC intervention to improve outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs, and to foster a new generation of intervention research that will provide a solid foundation for improved services. The session will focus on implementing intervention that takes a holistic view of communication and will highlight the following key principles to guide AAC intervention and research: (a) building on the individual’s strengths; (b) focusing on the integration of skills to maximize communication; (c) focusing on the individual’s participation in real-world contexts; (d) building positive psychosocial factors as well as skills, and (e) addressing extrinsic environmental factors as well as intrinsic factors related to the individual who requires AAC. Research results will be presented and case examples will be used to illustrate intervention and outcomes.

Author(s):

Janice Light    
Penn State University
United States

David McNaughton    
Penn State University
United States

 

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