The purpose of this study was to investigate speech-language pathologists’ (SLP) familiarity with and knowledge of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) assessment process, and to explore specific variables evaluated in the process. After reviewing the current literature available on AAC devices and the AAC assessment process I created a quantitative survey. A total of 138 speech-language pathologists completed a 30-question electronic survey. I recruited participants online through various ASHA groups and social media platforms in order to collect data on speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of the AAC assessment process. The first major conclusion was that there was considerable variability in participants’ comfort with different aspects of the AAC process as well as the process they follow. Participants were more comfortable working with AAC devices and systems compared to completing AAC assessments and providing AAC recommendations. A second major conclusion was that participants were fairly knowledgeable concerning the importance of evaluating particular variables within the assessment process. A practical implication of this research is the need for more opportunities and resources for SLPs to access to increase their comfort level when conducting AAC assessments.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Zunich, Mila, "Where to Start? An Investigation of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Familiarity with and Knowledge of the AAC Assessment Process and the Variables Evaluated in the Process" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9241.
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), speech-language pathologist (SLP), communication needs
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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