Practically Speaking: Language, Literacy, and Academic Development for Students With AAC Needs
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From Brookes Publishing Company
A must-have guide for educators and SLPs who provide communication support, this book answers pressing questions about working with students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and helps teachers skillfully meet student needs while satisfying the demands of their curriculum. Pre-service and in-service educators and the SLPs who work with them will learn to
• collaborate effectively to improve outcomes for students who use AAC
• determine student needs through effective, ongoing reading, writing, and language assessments
• develop individualized education programs (IEPs) based on each child's language, communication, and literacy goals
• help students move beyond emergent literacy and develop the skills research identifies as the keys to reading success
• meet IDEA requirements by adapting the general curriculum so all students participate and achieve
• support students' successful use of various AAC technologies, such as communication boards, word prediction software, and speech generating devices
• supplement classroom instruction with visual and oral scaffolding supports for students with AAC needs
• promote positive social relationships and friendships between students who use AAC and their peers
To provide students who use AAC with the best support, readers will get clear descriptions of instructional techniques, guidelines for curriculum adaptations, and practical tools and visual aids such as model intervention plans, task analysis forms, and charts of sample accommodations.
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