Guest Editor Column Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other interdisciplinary professionals providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services are well aware of the barriers that exist for anyone with severe physical challenges that prevent efficient and effective direct selection. A complex set of knowledge and skills is required to identify the best access ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   March 14, 2018
Guest Editor Column
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Katya Hill
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michelle Gutmann
    College of Health & Human Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Coordinator's Column   |   March 14, 2018
Guest Editor Column
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 4-5. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.4
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 4-5. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG12.4
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and other interdisciplinary professionals providing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) services are well aware of the barriers that exist for anyone with severe physical challenges that prevent efficient and effective direct selection. A complex set of knowledge and skills is required to identify the best access method for each individual. Although individuals with severe motor challenges require interdisciplinary professional practice approaches, the SLP is often the team leader with the critical role of evaluating speech and cognitive-linguistic skills, and who ultimately has the responsibility for writing/signing the speech-generating device funding request. Consequently, the SLP must have the essential knowledge and skills to lead these processes independently and ethically.
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