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Establishing a Virtual Community of Practice: Enhancing AAC Intervention through Online Collaboration

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AIM: The investigators will introduce the Communication Matrix Community, a virtual community of practice. The goal of our Community is to improve clinical and educational programs for children that require AAC, by supporting professional development.
METHOD: The Communication Matrix Community was developed through the support of a grant from the US Department of Education. Five major features of the Community of Practice were established, including: (a) The Forum: a navigation dashboard . (b) The Community Library: a collection of exceptional posts, (c) Curators: featured members that guide discussion on a specific theme or topic, (d) Tags : hashtags used to label posts with specific themes or topics and (e) Shared Science: communication profiles of rare disorders.
RESULTS: Since the launch of the Community in October of 2014, the number of users has steadily increased. Registered members include speech-language pathologists (46%), educators (22%), other professionals (16%), and family members (4%). CONCLUSION: The Communication Matrix Community supports professional development by leveraging the expertise and experiences of interventionists, teachers, and parents to improve intervention and assessment for individuals who require AAC.

Author(s):

Emily Quinn    
Vanderbilt University
United States

Charity Rowland    
Oregon Health & Science University

Alexandria Cook    
Oregon Health and Science University

 

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