School-Based SLPs Lead the Way in AAC Expertise More speech-language pathologists report having expertise in AAC, and most work in schools. At a Glance
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At a Glance  |   July 01, 2015
School-Based SLPs Lead the Way in AAC Expertise
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At a Glance   |   July 01, 2015
School-Based SLPs Lead the Way in AAC Expertise
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, 26. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20072015.26
The ASHA Leader, July 2015, Vol. 20, 26. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20072015.26
The numbers
A growing number of ASHA-certified SLPs—nearly 14,000 at last count (9 percent, up from 6 percent in 2006)— indicate they have expertise in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (see chart).
Figure 1.

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014
Figure 1.

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014

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Work settings and locations
Most (77 percent) of the SLPs with AAC expertise work full time and more than half (64 percent) work in educational settings (see bottom chart). School-based SLPs with AAC expertise are most likely to work in elementary schools (20 percent) or multiple schools (19 percent). A small percentage work in special schools and preschools (7 percent each) and secondary schools (5 percent). SLPs in health care settings with AAC expertise are most likely to work in nonresidential health care facilities (14 percent), followed by residential health care facilities (8 percent) and hospitals (7 percent).
As for geographic location, SLPs in the United States with AAC expertise are most likely to live in the South (31 percent), followed by the Northeast (27 percent), Midwest (24 percent) and West (18 percent).
Figure 2.

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014
Figure 2.

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014

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Figure 1.

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014
Figure 1.

Number of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC, 2006–2014

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Figure 2.

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014
Figure 2.

Percentage of ASHA-certified SLPs with expertise in AAC by work setting, 2014

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