Augmentative & Alternative Communication: Supporting Children & Adults with Complex Communication Needs

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Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 634 pages
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Approaching severe communication disorders from an intervention perspective, this trusted resource thoroughly prepares students and practicing professionals to serve individuals with augmentative and alternative communication needs. In this revised third edition, professionals working or preparing to work with children and adults who use AAC will get new and expanded content on adults with degenerative language or cognitive disorders, adults with acquired disabilities, students who use AAC in general education classrooms, use of capability assessment to determine needs and identify AAC options, and the most recent AAC devices and interventions. Readers will still have everything that made the earlier editions of this text so useful: extensive coverage of AAC assessment, intervention planning, and the many different types of congenital and acquired communication disorders (see sidebar), plus a step-by-step guide to clinical application. A comprehensive textbook for students in introductory courses and a valuable reference for in-service educators and therapists, this book will help professionals guide children and adults as they increase their communicative competence and participate more fully in all aspects of life.

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David Beukelman is Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Mirenda earned her doctorate in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 8 years, she was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1992 to 1996, she provided a variety of training, research, and support services to individuals with severe disabilities through CBI Consultants, Ltd., in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is now Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. From 1998 to 2001, she was editor of the journal "Augmentative and Alternative Communication". In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Dr. Mirenda is the author of numerous book chapters and research publications; she lectures widely and teaches courses on augmentative and alternative communication, inclusive education, developmental disabilities, autism, and positive behavior support. Her current research focuses on describing the developmental trajectories of young children with autism and factors that predict the outcomes of early intervention.

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