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Family education program about language and alternative communication: an e-learning Brazilian model.

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Many children and young people have difficulties in communicating through speech. The techniques, procedures and resources developed in Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication (AAC) aims, in short, to promote effective communicative interaction among these individuals and their interlocutors. This goal necessarily implies in training the communication partners of people who use AAC or may come to use it. This way, the family members are the interlocutors who need special attention. Considering the relevance of the development of different models of family education in alternative communication, and the few systematized programs on this issue, the goal of this paper is to present a Brazilian e-learning family education program about language and alternative communication for families of non-speaking people with disabilities aged between two and twelve years old. The twelve-week Edulinca program (the acronym of Educação em Linguagem e Comunicação Alternativa, in Portuguese; Alternative Communication and Language Education Program) consists of twelve topics with multimedia content, including: text, images, animations and videos. Among the main goals of the topics are: enable the participants to identify the communication abilities of their children, explain how language development occurs in atypical development conditions, introduce the contributions of AAC resources and systems for the communication development and offer initial training for the introduction of AAC systems on daily basis, including learning and social situations at school. The program is hosted in the Moodle platform of UNESP with restricted access for now.


Grace Ferreira-Donati    

Débora Deliberato    


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