Implementation Toolkit

Valuable, real-life resources and suggestions for implementing AAC to encourage successful communication. The Implementation Toolkit is a collection of video and print-based resources created to help you facilitate successful interaction using AAC.

Articles-at-a-Glance

These resources summarize the findings of researchers regarding AAC.

Articles at a Glance - Visual Supports for Children with Autism
Review of the following article: Johnston, S., Nelson, C., Evan, J., Palazolo, K. (2003). The use of visual supports in teaching young children with autism spectrum disorder to initiate interactions. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 19, 86-103.

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Articles at a Glance - Societal Participation for those Requiring AAC
Review of the following article: McNaughton, D., & Bryen, D. N. (2007). AAC Technologies to Enhance Participation and Access to Meaningful Societal Roles for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities who Require AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 23, 217-229.

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Articles at a Glance - Rate and Quality of Interactions Comparing Typing to Prestored Messages
Review of following article: Todman, J. (2000). Rate and quality of conversations using a text-storage AAC system: Single-case training study, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 16, 164 - 179.

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Articles at a Glance - Impact of AAC on Speech Production
Review of the following article: Millar, D., Light, J., and Schlosser, R. (2006). The impact of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention on the Speech Production of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Research Review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 248-264.

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Articles at a Glance - Impact of Pictures and Text on Interaction of those with Severe Aphasia
Review of the following article: Garrett, K. & Huth, C. (2002). The impact of graphic contextual information and instruction on the conversational behaviors of a person with severe aphasia. Aphasiology, 16, 523-536.

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Articles at a Glance - Performance of Typically Developing 4 & 5 Year Olds with AAC
Review of following article: Light, J., Drager, K., McCarthy, J., Mellott, S., Millar, D., Parrish, C., Parsons, A., Rhoads, M., Ward, M., & Welliver, M. (2004). Performance of Typically Developing Four and Five Year Old Children with AAC Systems using Different Language Organization Techniques. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 63-88.

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Articles at a Glance - Effect of AAC on a Teen with Autism
Review of the following article: Cafiero, J. M., (2001). The Effect of an Augmentative Communication Intervention on the Communication, Behavior,and Academic Program of an Adolescent with Autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 16(3), 179-189.

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Articles at a Glance - Acceptance of AAC by Persons with ALS
Review of the following article: Ball, L.J., Beukelman, D.R., Pattee, G.L. (2004). Acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology by Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20(2), 113-122.

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Articles at a Glance - AAC Decision Making for Persons with ALS
Summary of the following article: Ball, L., Beukelman, D., & Pattee, G. (2002). Augmentative and alternative communication clinical decision making for persons with ALS. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 11 (1), 7-12.

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Articles at a Glance - Collection of Articles on AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Summary of the articles in: Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2007, 16(2), 1-32.

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Articles at a Glance - Valued Life Activities for Young Adults and Older Adults
Summary of following article: Ditto, P. H., Druley, J. A., Moore, K. A., Danks, J. H, & Smucker, W. D. (1996). Fates worse than death: The role of valued life activities in health state evaluations. Health Psychology, 15, 332-343.

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Articles at a Glance - Using Visual Scene Displays for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Summary of following article: Shane, H., C., (2006). Using Visual Scene Displays to Improve Communication and Communication Instruction in Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 15(1), 7-13.

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Articles at a Glance - Increasing Rewarding Interactions between Caregivers and a Child with Multiple Disabilities
Summary of following article: Olsson, C. (2004). Dyadic interaction with a child with multiple disabilities: A system theory perspective on communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 228-242.

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Articles at a Glance - Teachers Experiences with Inclusion of Students who Use AAC
Summary of following article: Kent-Walsh, J.E. & Light, J.C. (2003). General education teachers’ experiences with inclusion of students who use augmentative and alternative communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 19 (2), 104-124.

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Articles at a Glance - Electronic Screen Media for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Summary of the following article: Shane, H. C. & Albert, P.D. (2008). Electronic screen media for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Results of a survey. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Online First, springerlink.metapress.com

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Articles at a Glance - Evidence for and Impact of Utterance-based Devices
Review of the following article: Todman, J., Alm, N., Higginbotham, J., & File, P. (2008). Whole Utterance Approaches in AAC, Augmentative and Alternative Communication 24(3), 235-254. This research supports the use of utterance-based devices and pre-stored messages to complement a word construction strategy for less anticipated or situations in which specificity is critical.

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Articles at a Glance – Early Language Construction Using Rote-learning Forms
Review of the following article: Lieven, E., Behrens, H., Speares, J., & Tomasello, M. (2003). Early Syntactic Creativity: A Usage-based Approach. Journal of Child Language, 30, 333-370. This research supports the theory that children construct utterances using rote-learning forms (memorized chunks, sets of words) and based on “abstract categories and rules.” The implications of this research for AAC users are discussed.

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Articles at a Glance - Development of AAC Device to Support Social Interaction and Utilize Current Research
Review of the following article: Higginbotham, J. & Wilkins, D. (2006). The Short Story of Frametalker: An Interactive AAC Device, Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 15, 18-22. This research shares the story of the development of Frametalker, an AAC device designed to address the social interaction needs of AAC users, as well as the concerns, principles and research that guided the developers.

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Articles-at-a-Glance - Least Dangerous Assumption - Decision-making for Education and AAC
Review of the following article: Jorgensen, C. (2005). The least dangerous assumption: A challenge to create a new paradigm. Disability Solutions, 6, 1-9. This article was written to propose that a new paradigm is needed in the area of disability and competence with regard to educational decision-making including use of AAC.

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Articles at a Glance – Possible Trade-offs between Communication Speed and Message Relevance
Review of the following article: Bedrosian, J., Hoag, L., & McCoy, K. (2003). Relevance and speed of message delivery tradeoffs in augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 46, 800 – 817. This study was conducted to examine the possible trade-offs between speed of communication and message correctness for the situation.

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Article-at-a-Glance –Impact of Patient Communication on Risk of Preventable Adverse Effects in Acute Care
Review of the following article: Bartlett, G., et.al. (2008). Impact of patient communication problems on the risk of preventable adverse events in acute care settings. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 178 (12). Retrieved December 4, 2009 from http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/178/12/1555.pdf. Results of this study highlight the correlation between communication problems and preventable adverse effects in acute care settings.

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Article-at-a-Glance –Characteristics Leading to Productive Lives after Acquired Brain Injury
Review of the following article: Fraas, M., & Calvert, M. (2009). The use of narratives to identify characteristics leading to a productive life following acquired brain injury. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18 , 315-328. This study identified characteristics of individuals with acquired brain injury due to stroke, trauma, tumor, etc. that appeared to lead to fruitful and fulfilling life following onset.

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Article-at-a-Glance - Living Successfully with Aphasia
Review of: Holland, Audrey. L (2006). Living Successfully with Aphasia: Three Variations of the Theme. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 13(1): 44-51. This article was written to chronicle the lives of three individuals living successfully with aphasia. It addresses five specific factors that are believed to be common themes in achieving this success and compares the traits those exhibited by a larger group of individuals experiencing greater challenges in living with aphasia."

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Article-at-at-Glance - Can Individuals with Non-Fluent Aphasia Learn to Use AAC
Review of: Hough, M. & Johnson, R.K. (2009). Use of AAC to enhance linguistic communication skills in an adult with chronic severe aphasia. Aphasiology, 23: 7, 965-976. The study was conducted to better understand if individuals with nonfluent aphasia can learn to use AAC systems.

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Article-at-a-Glance - Impact of Personally Relevant or Context-based Pictures in a Structured Task for People with Aphasia
Review of: McKelvey, M. L., Hux, K., Dietz, A., and Beukelman, D. R. (2010). Impact of personal relevance and contextualization on word-picture matching by people With aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19, 22-33. The researchers were attempting to understand the impact of personally relevant and context-based images on the performance of word-picture matching for individuals with severe aphasia.

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Article-at-a-Glance - Core and Fringe Vocabulary in AAC
Review (in English) of the following article published in a German AAC journal; Core and Fringe Vocabulary in AAC Sachse, S. & Boenisch, J. (2009). Kern– und Randvokabular in der Unterstützten Kommunikation. Handbuch der Unterstützten Kommunikation, 01.026.030-01.026.040.

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Article-at-a-Glance - Defining Communicative Competence for People Who Use AAC
Review of the following article: Light, J. (1989). Toward a definition of communicative competence for individuals using augmentative and alternative communication systems. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 5:2, 137-144.

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