AAC Assessment and Clinical-Decision Making: The Impact of Experience

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TitleAAC Assessment and Clinical-Decision Making: The Impact of Experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractPeople 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.
AuthorsDietz, A., Quach W., Lund S. K., and McKelvey M.
Year of Publication2012
PublicationAAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
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Keywords (MeSH)communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, decision making, needs assessment, qualitative research, speech-language pathology