Looking Back to Move Forward: 25 Years of Thinking About AAC and Language While the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) field has advanced in terms of theoretical underpinnings, research-supported strategies, technological improvements, and accessibility of appropriate clinical services, most people with AAC needs continue to experience considerable difficulty in the journey to become linguistically proficient. This paper explores some of the changes that ... Article
Article  |   December 29, 2016
Looking Back to Move Forward: 25 Years of Thinking About AAC and Language
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  • Carole Zangari
    Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Part 4
Article   |   December 29, 2016
Looking Back to Move Forward: 25 Years of Thinking About AAC and Language
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 144-152. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.144
History: Received March 20, 2016 , Revised July 1, 2016 , Accepted July 10, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 144-152. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG12.144
History: Received March 20, 2016; Revised July 1, 2016; Accepted July 10, 2016

While the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) field has advanced in terms of theoretical underpinnings, research-supported strategies, technological improvements, and accessibility of appropriate clinical services, most people with AAC needs continue to experience considerable difficulty in the journey to become linguistically proficient. This paper explores some of the changes that have specifically impacted our understanding of language, language acquisition, and language intervention in individuals with significant communication challenges. Implications for AAC interventionists are reviewed, along with guidelines for moving toward better language outcomes.

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