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ASC 823X Augmentative Communication
Alaina Rose Levant and Nikole Ann Veeder
AAC for Multilingual Individuals

February 13, 2006

   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!


Even if you have the fortune of being familiar with more than just your own culture, it would be highly unlikely that you would be familiar with every culture you may encounter throughout your professional career. As a result, it is crucial to load up your professional tool box with some strategies to use when servicing the multilingual/multicultural client. Special considerations may need to be made when incorporating the use of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and/or Assistive Technology (AT).

I.) Demographics (US Census, 2000)
A. languages spoken
1. 17.9% of Americans speak a language other than English at home
a. Spanish on top (only one listed by name!)
i. 14,760,788 natives
ii. 13,340,264 foreign born
b.      Other Indo-European languages
i.       4,431,729 natives
ii.      5,586,260 foreign born
c.      Asian and Pacific Island languages
i.       1,448,275 natives
ii.      5,511,790 foreign born
2.      only about half of Americans speak English well (51.1%)
a.      it may be possible that these citizens speak another language better than English. thus, requiring services in the dominant language.

II.) Multilingual AAC users
A.       L1 vs. L2 language acquisition
1.      preservation of L1
2.      language loss
B.      Yvonne
1.      Spanish and English
C.       Adrienne
1.      Spanish and English
D.      Eugene
1.      Russian
2.      Hebrew
3.      English

III.)            Clinical Implications
A.       Diagnostic and TX
1.      formal assessment
2.      mobility
a.      ROM
b.      motility
3.      informal assessment
4.      client’s wants/needs
5.      how often will it be used?

B.      Beginning AX
1.      SLP’s ethical responsibilities
a.      ASHA’s Code of Ethics
b.      cultural competence (Battle)
c.      sounds of the language
i.       IPA (it isn’t international for nothing!)
d.      grammatical rules
i.       semantics
ii.      syntax
iii.       pragmatics
e.      translator
i.       professional
ii.      family member
       i.      last resort

IV.)            Devices available
A.       multilingual devices
1.      UNICORN
B.      monolingual devices
Artificial Language Lab, MSU

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