Communication Builders for AAC paperback - previous (2013) version

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This is a previous version of a current title. The information in the book is all still relevant to promote communication skills. It is however no longer compatible with courses currently running.

Please do not purchase this book as the core reading material for an accredited course. The current version is linked below.

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’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

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