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Augmentative Communication

Clinical Issues, 1st Edition

By Susan Attermeier


152 pages

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Hardback: 9780866566575
pub: 1987-10-01
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pub: 2013-08-21
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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.

Table of Contents

Contents Augmentative Communication: An Interdisciplinary Challenge

  • The Prerequisites to Augmentative Communication: Their Implications for Therapists and Early Interventionists
  • Psychological Assessment of the Nonvocal, Physically Handicapped Child
  • An Overview of Therapeutic Positioning for Multiply- Handicapped Persons, Including Augmentative Communication Users
  • Motor Assessment for Unaided and Aided Augmentative Communication
  • Augmentative Communication: Selection of An Initial Vocabulary
  • Language Versus Communication in Training for Augmentative Communication System Use
  • Supporting Families of Augmentative Communication Users
  • Interaction Strategies
  • Appendix I: Record Forms for Augmentative Communication Evaluation
  • Appendix II: Resources on Communication and Computer Technology

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy
MEDICAL / Pediatrics