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AAC Assessment and Clinical-Decision Making: The Impact of Experience
Informa Healthcare (2012)
  • Aimee Dietz, University of Cincinnati
  • Wendy Quach, San Jose State University
  • Shelley K. Lund, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Miechelle McKelvey

People with complex communication needs often require a comprehensive augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment to maximize participation in daily interactions. Assessment of AAC is a complex process and limited practice guidelines exist. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how 25 speech-language pathologists with varying levels of experience approach the AAC assessment process. Participants were classified as either (a) General Practice Speech-Language Pathologists (GPSLPs), (b) AAC Clinical Specialists (AAC-CS), or (c) AAC Research/Policy Specialists (AAC-RS). In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore the participants’ approach to AAC assessment. The results revealed that GPSLPs approach AAC assessment differently than the AAC-CS and AAC-RS; however, the Specialists reported a similar approach that may help guide the development of practice guidelines for AAC assessment.

  • Augentative and alternative communication,
  • decision making,
  • practice guidelnies,
  • assessment,
  • speech-language pathologist
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Aimee Dietz, Wendy Quach, Shelley K. Lund and Miechelle McKelvey. "AAC Assessment and Clinical-Decision Making: The Impact of Experience" Informa Healthcare Vol. 28 Iss. 3 (2012)
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