Thinking about Thinking for AAC
All humans are learners. Individuals have unique learning styles. Learning to communicate is a basic human right. Learning to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology is complex. This online resource provides information by summarizing literature in the fields of AAC and cognition to support clinical decision-making.
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Feedback from the Field
I think [the TAT4AAC] is a great resource both for the clinician and for educating other team members on why a client may be struggling or succeeding with a particular device.
[The TAT4AAC] stimulates a lot of clinical questions and gets people thinking about cognition, which is good. The cognitive demands of AAC are an afterthought; this emphasizes to learn and develop cognitive skills is important and can happen with consistent teaching and instruction.
I could use [TAT4AAC] when talking about parents or family members to justify a programming decision (e.g. photographs as a symbolic decision) for an individual’s AAC device.
I could use citations in writing a funding report to support my recommendations.
I would have found [TAT4AAC] helpful during my AAC class, to supplement other resources we learned about. Obviously it’s not an assessment tool but at least it’s a place to start.
We are the REKNEW research lab at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). REKNEW: Realizing Expressive KNowledge in Everyone With Communication Impairments. Our work addresses the complex communication needs of individuals with developmental or acquired disabilities.
The content of this website was developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90RE5017) awarded to the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this site do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
The recommended citation for Thinking about Thinking for AAC (TAT4AAC) is:
Mooney, A., Kinsella, M., McLaughlin, D. E., & Fried-Oken, M. (2019). Thinking about Thinking for AAC. Retrieved from: http://TAT4AAC.ohsu.edu