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?
The AAC Team
Chapter 2: Assessment
Who might benefit from AAC?
Cause and effect skills
Social Communication Skills
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
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
Chapter 5: High Tech Communication aids
Types of High Tech Communication Systems
Assessment for a High Tech System
The Next Step - Activities to support and develop use of the High Tech AAC system
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