Blogjam: Do Your AAC Homework Selecting the right augmentative and alternative communication device for a student starts with data collection, writes Patricia L. Mervine on her “Speaking of Speech” blog. “To make solid decisions regarding the mode of AAC a student will need, we first need to get a baseline” of the student’s present ... Blogjam
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Blogjam: Do Your AAC Homework
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Blogjam   |   February 01, 2014
Blogjam: Do Your AAC Homework
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ3.19022014.18
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, 18. doi:10.1044/leader.BGJ3.19022014.18
Selecting the right augmentative and alternative communication device for a student starts with data collection, writes Patricia L. Mervine on her “Speaking of Speech” blog.
“To make solid decisions regarding the mode of AAC a student will need, we first need to get a baseline” of the student’s present mode of communication, whether it’s speech, sign language, a communication board, picture exchange, talking switch, or a combination of methods. Then the clinician needs to use the same data collection form to assess the student’s performance with the AAC systems the student tries. The entire team (not just the SLP) should be involved in data collection and have a clear understanding of what to look for and how to measure it.
“Using the same data collection form for baseline and trial data provides reliable comparison, something that the school districts and insurance companies require before making funding decisions,” Mervine says. She offers links to and suggestions for data forms.
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