Augmentative Communication: Clinical Issues

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Psychology Press, 1987 - Family & Relationships - 137 pages
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Written by therapists experienced in working with nonspeaking clients and their families, this helpful book includes many issues pertinent to the assessment and training of augmented communicators. The field of augmentative communication, which is rapidly gaining recognition in all areas of rehabilitation, is thoroughly addressed here. A summary of the prerequisites for implementing a communication system will be particularly useful to anyone working with nonspeaking clients who do not yet have a method of communication. Included among the topics are assessing cognitive function in clients unable to take intelligence tests in standardized fashion, finding a match between the motor capabilities of the client and the motor demands of various aided and unaided communication systems, and promoting the involvement of the family in the development of a communication system. This indispensable resource also offers information about publication, equipment vendors, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the primary leader in augmentative communication.
 

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Contents

An Interdisciplinary Challenge
3
Summary
10
Psychological Assessment of the Nonvocal Physically
23
An Overview of Therapeutic Positioning
39
The Need for a More Definitive Approach to Therapeutic
45
Positioning
51
Summary
57
Unaided Motor Assessment
63
Proposed Content Guidelines for a First Vocabulary
81
Appendix
87
Discussion
93
Supporting Families of Augmentative Communication Users
95
Funding Considerations
102
Components of Communicative Interaction
108
Interaction Suggestions for Partners
115
RECORD FORMS FOR AUGMENTATIVE
123

Aided Motor Assessment
69
Summary
75
RESOURCES ON COMMUNICATION
133
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