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Promoting acceptance of augmentative and alternative communication by adults with acquired communication disorders

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TitlePromoting acceptance of augmentative and alternative communication by adults with acquired communication disorders
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractDiscusses components of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Acceptance Model, a theoretical framework for understanding the factors involved in the acceptance of AAC by adults with acquired communication disorders. To clarify the AAC Acceptance Model, a case study is provided of a 44-yr-old male individual with acquired aphasia and apraxia of speech who seemed initially to be an "ideal" candidate for optimal use of AAC. A trial period conducted prior to acquisition of an AAC system included analysis of the client's communication behaviors using an AAC loaner device in conversation with unfamiliar partners in the clinical setting. After a device was acquired, the individual was reluctant to use it in public places with unfamiliar partners. Clinicians employed specific treatment techniques to promote AAC acceptance. Intervention focused on increasing the user's communicative effectiveness and comfort level in community-based interactions. This case study highlights the importance of all 3 branches of the AAC Acceptance Model (milieu, person, and technology) in the clinical decision-making process. In addition, the case study illustrates the need for appropriate clinical outcome measures for adults with aphasia.
AuthorsLasker, J. P., and Bedrosian J.
Year of Publication2001
Date PublishedSep
PublicationAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume17
Issue3
Pages141-153
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/aac.17.3.141.153
Keywords (MeSH)adult, aphasia, communication disorders
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