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Communication Builders for AAC

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Communication Builders for AAC provides comprehensive information about the assessment and use of the whole range of AAC options. Andrea Lee (née Kirton), co-author, is a highly specialist speech and language therapist but she writes this book in a style which makes this important information accessible to education practitioners, parents, carers, SaLTs.  It is the core reading material for the accredited course Supporting Adults and Children using AAC.

It’s a one-stop-shop to AAC!

Chapter 1: What is AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)?

  • Why use AAC? 
  • What Does AAC Include? 
  • Access Methods
  • The AAC Team

Chapter 2: Assessment

  • Who might benefit from AAC? 
  • Cause and effect skills
  • Social Communication Skills
  • Symbolic Understanding
  • Understanding of Spoken Language
  • The expressive-receptive gap
  • Visual SkillsAccess Method
  • Tools for Assessment
  • AAC Profile and Action Plan
  • Definition of Communicative Competence for AAC users  (Janice Light, 1989) 
  • Social Networks (Sarah Blackstone and Mary Hunt Berg, 2003) 
  • Means, Reasons and Opportunities (Della Money and Sue Thurman, 1994) 

Chapter 3: Unaided Communication

  • What is Unaided Communication?
  • Assessing Unaided Methods of Communication
  • Observation Schedule for assessing Unaided Communication Methods
  • Developing Unaided Communication Skills

Chapter 4: Low Tech Communication Aids

  • Types of Low Tech AAC systems
  • Aspects of Assessment for Low Tech AAC
  • Access
  • Vocabulary/Language
  • Social Use
  • Design Issues
  • The Next Step – Activities to support and develop use of the Low Tech AAC system
  • Cause and effect with people (Communicative Intent) 
  • Requesting item/indicating choice
  • Participation in a social activity
  • General Conversation

Chapter 5: High Tech Communication aids

  • Types of High Tech Communication Systems
  • Assessment for a High Tech System
  • Access
  • Vocabulary/Language
  • Social Use
  • Design Issues
  • The Next Step - Activities to support and develop use of the High Tech AAC system
  • Linguistic Skills
  • Social Skills

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy any relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

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