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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
Integrating AAC in the School Curriculum
Rebecca Horvath
February 26, 2004

  1. Length of Presentation 25 minutes including final quiz
  2. There will be a quiz of 5 questions given out at the beginning of the presentation, with the answers given at the end. The quiz will be on a handout, with the answers written somewhere (upside down, other side, etc....) 
  3. Presentation should be rich in audiovisual content: e.g., video, slides, handouts. The materials can be presented in PowerPoint format with video and audio and animations, etc. 
  4. The presentation, including video files, can be put on a CD-ROM and distributed to fellow students. 
  5. While you are preparing your presentation, you are encouraged to place materials, including this Prolegomena, on the web, through our web site. This is an important part of our course, since it fosters team participation. 
  6. Rehearse and time your presentation. JBE will be forced to use the "HOOK" if you go over even by 1 nanosecond! 
I. Introduction

       Define scope of presentation

II. Collaborative Teaming - Role of each member of team

  1. Teachers
  2. Administrators
  3. SLPs
  4. 4. Caregivers
  5. 5. Student
  6. 6. OT
  7. 7. PT
  8. 8. Psychologist
  9. 9. Other relevant related professions

III. Providing access to the curriculum

  1. Using AAC system as means for accessing core curriculum of general education classrooms
  2. Ability to adapt and modify curriculum to AAC user and device.
  3. Assess studentís learning style to develop appropriate instructional strategies. 

IV. Cultivating social supports

  1. Facilitating social interactions among peers.
  2. Program AAC device to reflect studentís interests and personality

V. AAC system maintenance and operation - Ideal apportionment of responsibility and funding; also limitations in actual practice

  1. Operation
  2. Maintenance
  3. Integration
  4. Access to technical help
VI. Building a supportive classroom community
  1. Cooperative learning strategies
  2. Team teaching between general and special education persons
  3. Sharing information with colleagues.
Recommendations for Clinical Practice

Soto, G., Muller, E., Hunt, P., & Goetz, L.  (2001).  Professional skills for serving students who use AAC in general education classrooms: A team perspective.  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 32, 51-56.

Artificial Language Lab, MSU (including videos of young children)

MATR (Michiganís Assistive Technology Resource) 
MATR , 1023 South U.S. 27 St. Johns, MI 48879-2424 
(800) 274-7426 or (989) 224-0333 /
Alison Walczak, M.A., CCC-SLP Consultant, Ext. 319

CAMA - Communication Aid Manufacturers Association

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

School-District Based Speech-Language Pathologist: Mary Ann Berthiaume, Jackson County (MI) Intermediate School District