Responding to Individual Needs: Promoting the Literacy Development of Students Who Use AAC Students who use AAC face a myriad of obstacles on the pathway to the development of conventional literacy skills. Regrettably, for many students and their families, these obstacles are so large and so numerous, that they become insurmountable. The failure to develop conventional literacy skills is a tragedy for ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2005
Responding to Individual Needs: Promoting the Literacy Development of Students Who Use AAC
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  • Karen A. Erickson
    Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sally A. Clendon
    Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2005
Responding to Individual Needs: Promoting the Literacy Development of Students Who Use AAC
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2005, Vol. 6, 12-17. doi:10.1044/sbi6.2.12
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2005, Vol. 6, 12-17. doi:10.1044/sbi6.2.12
Students who use AAC face a myriad of obstacles on the pathway to the development of conventional literacy skills. Regrettably, for many students and their families, these obstacles are so large and so numerous, that they become insurmountable. The failure to develop conventional literacy skills is a tragedy for any student; however, it may be even more disastrous for students who use AAC, who without the ability to read and write are severely restricted in terms of their access to self-expression (Blackstone, 1989), to independence (Koppenhaver & Yoder, 1992), and to a variety of AAC systems (Sturm, Beukelman, & Mirenda, 1998). Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who work with students who use AAC have a critical role to play in helping students and their families to negotiate and hopefully eradicate the obstacles that stand in these students’way.
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