AAC and Families: Dispelling Myths and Empowering Parents In recent years the availability of, and access to, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems has led to its use with an increasing number of children who require AAC and a variety of mobile technologies for communication. Research has long suggested that family participation in AAC interventions is vital for ... Article
Article  |   June 10, 2016
AAC and Families: Dispelling Myths and Empowering Parents
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ashlyn L. Smith
    Hussman Institute for Autism, Catonsville, MD
  • Andrea Barton-Hulsey
    Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Nonye Nwosu
    Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
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  • Financial: Ashlyn L. Smith is an Associate Clinical Researcher at the Hussman Institute for Autism. Andrea Barton-Hulsey and Nonye Nwosu have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Ashlyn L. Smith is an Associate Clinical Researcher at the Hussman Institute for Autism. Andrea Barton-Hulsey and Nonye Nwosu have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Ashlyn L. Smith, Andrea Barton-Hulsey, and Nonye Nwosu have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Ashlyn L. Smith, Andrea Barton-Hulsey, and Nonye Nwosu have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 1
Article   |   June 10, 2016
AAC and Families: Dispelling Myths and Empowering Parents
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 10-20. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.10
History: Received November 2, 2015 , Revised March 9, 2016 , Accepted March 28, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 10-20. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.10
History: Received November 2, 2015; Revised March 9, 2016; Accepted March 28, 2016

In recent years the availability of, and access to, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems has led to its use with an increasing number of children who require AAC and a variety of mobile technologies for communication. Research has long suggested that family participation in AAC interventions is vital for successful communication and language outcomes. Despite this, many children who could benefit from AAC are not receiving these services due to hesitancy on the part of professionals and/or parents to implement AAC strategies. This paper will identify five myths that professionals have about involving families in AAC interventions. We will dispel these myths through a careful examination of research and practice, with the goal of helping professionals empower parents to incorporate AAC into the daily lives of their young children with complex communication needs.

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