AAC: If You're Not Into It Yet, You Should Be! In one school district, a teenage student goes from room to room collecting order forms from each teacher. Another student tells a joke to a peer at lunch. Yet another one answers a question correctly in Social Studies class. It sounds like a routine day at school, doesn’t it? ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2005
AAC: If You're Not Into It Yet, You Should Be!
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nanette M. Rodgers
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, Harrisburg, PA
  • Linda Kinsey Brown
    Central Intermediate Unit, West Decatur, PA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2005
AAC: If You're Not Into It Yet, You Should Be!
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2005, Vol. 6, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi6.2.3
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2005, Vol. 6, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi6.2.3
In one school district, a teenage student goes from room to room collecting order forms from each teacher. Another student tells a joke to a peer at lunch. Yet another one answers a question correctly in Social Studies class. It sounds like a routine day at school, doesn’t it? However, these students are communicating successfully in these activities and others using an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.
In another district, a student uses his communication device to say the word “ball.” The teacher responds by showing him the ball and then putting it out of sight. She then repeats requests that he say “ball” again, showing him the ball when he says it and then putting it out of sight again. Within a few months, this team has become discouraged by the student’s lack of interest in the AAC device and meets to discuss whether they were premature in deciding that the student was ready for communication.
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