Fundamentals of the ImPAACT Program (short summary)

communication partners

This paper provides a brief overview of some of the elements of the ImPAACT (Improving Partner Applications of Augmentative Communication Techniques) program, devised by the authors to support the development of skills in communication partners working with people who use AAC (PWUAAC). Two elements, instructional techniques and structuring interventions are discussed and examples given. Links to several other papers with related content are given. It is reported that the program was found to lead to improvements in both the PWUAAC's communication skills and the communication partners' ability to use the targeted strategies. The changes for PWUAAC included; increased turn-taking, a wider range of vocabulary used and increased length and complexity of messages.

Things you may want to look into:

Effects of parent instruction on the symbolic communication of children using augmentative and alternative communication during storybook reading

The Effect of Aided AAC Modeling on the Expression of Multi-Symbol Messages by Preschoolers who use AAC

American speech-language-hearing association conference, Partner Instruction in AAC: Strategies for Building Circles of Support (external link)

Teaching Partners to Support the Communication Skills of Young Children who use AAC: Lessons from the ImPAACT Program (pdf 344KB, external link)

Added to site October 2014