A Communication “Tools” Model for AAC Intervention: Case Illustrations for Two Early Communicators In a 2001 article in Perspectives in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (now a part of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups), Cress outlined her Communication Tools model as a strategy for determining relative complexity of communication methods for children with complex communication needs. In this article, the authors have ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
A Communication “Tools” Model for AAC Intervention: Case Illustrations for Two Early Communicators
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cynthia J. Cress
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Stephanie Bone
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Amber Jara
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Cynthia J. Cress, Stephanie Bone, and Amber Jara have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Cynthia J. Cress, Stephanie Bone, and Amber Jara have no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this article relate to previous works by Cynthia J. Cress published in Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and presented at the 2001 conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this article relate to previous works by Cynthia J. Cress published in Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and presented at the 2001 conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.×
Article Information
Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Part 4
Article   |   December 29, 2016
A Communication “Tools” Model for AAC Intervention: Case Illustrations for Two Early Communicators
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 139-143. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.139
History: Received June 9, 2016 , Revised August 30, 2016 , Accepted October 1, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 139-143. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.139
History: Received June 9, 2016; Revised August 30, 2016; Accepted October 1, 2016

In a 2001 article in Perspectives in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (now a part of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups), Cress outlined her Communication Tools model as a strategy for determining relative complexity of communication methods for children with complex communication needs. In this article, the authors have been invited to update the communication tools model with case illustrations of its application for early communicators using different forms of augmentative and alternative communication. The communication tools model is used to describe communication characteristics of two early communicators, and then plan intervention strategies to gradually build elements of further communication tools into the children's active repertoires.

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