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Reclaiming Life: Use of AAC after Stroke or Brain Injury to Restore Participation in Life

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For individuals with aphasia, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) provide strategies to help increase communication and use language in natural contexts. AAC should be an integral part of aphasia therapy from the beginning rather than as a last resort. Intervention for individuals with aphasia should include components of both restoration and compensatory supports. This can be a tall order and often intimidates families and professionals.

In this session, we will discuss current research and identify foundational AAC strategies that will increase the effectiveness of incorporating AAC into therapy. This presentation considers the significant progress that two individuals with aphasia have made since their stroke changed their ability to communicate. Clinical logs and video recorded at home and in community settings by a Speech-Language Pathologist serve as its basis. Throughout this period, both individuals have demonstrated increased communication skills (verbally and with a communication device), and re-established themselves in their communities, families, and personal lives.

While the Tobii Dynavox Stroke and Brain Injury Persona pageset will be highlighted in this session, the tools described could be adapted in many ways using a variety of other mainstream technologies. Attendees will leave with valuable AAC implementation resources to utilize within their specific clinical settings.


Marleah Herman-Umpleby    
United States

Holly Schneider    
United States


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