ASC 823X Spring 2006 Projects
Andrea Bosma
AAC for children with Developmental Apraxia of Speech
  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 may be a handout, with the answers written somewhere on the same sheet of paper (upside down, other side, etc…)
  3. The 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 and to the professor.
  5. While you are preparing you 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!


  1. Introduction
  2. Four purposes of communication
    1. Expression of wants and needs
    2. Exchange of information
    3. Social closeness
    4. Social etiquette
  3. AAC myths
  4. What is Apraxia?
    1. Motor speech disorder
    2. Common characteristics
    3. Video clips of children with DAS
  5. Modes of communication for DAS
    1. ASL role
    2. AAC modes
  6. AAC for DAS
    1. Why?
    2. Who?
    3. Needs of children
  7. Case Studies
    1. 5 year old, Signed Target Phoneme therapy
    2. 8 year old, Augmentative Communication Training
    3. 6 ½ year old, Macaw Digital Output Device
  8. Other information
    1. Social Competence
    2. Family involvement
    3. Teacher involvement
    4. Fading out of AAC
    5. Speech therapy concerns
  9. Conclusion


AAC Connecting Young Children

Class Text

Artificial Language Lab

Shelton, I. S. & Garves, M. M. (1985).  Use of visual techniques in therapy for developmental speech.  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 16 (April), 129-131.

Culp, D. M. (1989).  Developmental apraxia and augmentative or alternative communication-a case example.  Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 1 (5), 27-34.

<>Bornman, J., Alant, E, & Meiring, E. (2001).  The use of a digital voice output device to facilitate language development in a child with developmental apraxia of speech: a case study.  Disability and Rehabilitation, 14 (23), 623-934.