Higher Education

Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 1st Edition

  • Sharon L. Glennen The Kennedy Institute
  • Denise C. DeCoste, Ed.D. Team Leader, InterACT, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • ISBN-10: 1565936841  |  ISBN-13: 9781565936843
  • 920 Pages
  • © 1997 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $215.50



Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a field which crosses many disciplinary boundaries. It is a rapidly changing field that uses the latest innovations and technologies to aid the language-disabled, and requires fluency not only in the hands-on technological aspect, but the service-delivery side as well. This well-written handbook addresses that need and is filled with practical information and extensive referencing. A valuable text for graduate students studying communication disorders and special education, the book would be a useful addition to the professional library of anyone working with AAC users, most especially for those working with children.

Features and Benefits

  • Overview of development of assistive technology and its links with AAC, and present service delivery models in a variety of settings.
  • Discussions of available technology systems, strategies, and access, and issues of literacy development, funding and legal responsibility, and program effectiveness.
  • Examines special populations and special environments.
  • Includes case studies.
  • Extensive appendixes of devices, manufacturers, associations.

Table of Contents

PART I: OVERVIEW OF AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION. Introduction To Augmentative And Alternative Communication. Service Delivery. Symbol Systems And Vocabulary Selection Strategies. Augmentative And Alternative Communication Assessment Strategies: Seating And Positioning. Motor Access And Visual Considerations. The Role Of Literacy In Augmentative And Alternative Communication. Funding and Legal Issues. PART II: SPECIFIC DISABILITIES AND AAC. AAC And Individuals with Physical Disabilities. AAC And Children Wtih Developmental Disabilities. AAC And Individuals With Severe to Profound Disabilities. AAC And Adults With Acquired Disabilities. PART III: AAC IN SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTS. AAC In The Family And Home. AAC In The Educational Setting. AAC In The Hospital Setting. Augmentative And Alternative Communication For Adults With Developmental Disabilities. APPENDIX A: AAC PRODUCT DIRECTORY. APPENDIX B: AAC PRODUCT VENDORS AND MANUFACTURERS. APPENDIX C: AAC AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS. APPENDIX D: AAC INFORMATION RESOURCES. Glossary. Index.