Jan 26, 2014 by Communication Sciences and Disorders
These self-study courses are centered on concepts related to Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The courses are organized in modules, ranging from introductory to advanced content requiring demonstration of knowledge (via online quizzes) before moving through chapters within the modules. Four modules are available, including:
(1) Introduction to AAC
(2) AAC Language Representation Methods
(3) AAC Performance Report: Definition, Generation, and Use
(4) Language Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention
Module 1 provides information on a structured approach to AAC assessment and intervention that focuses on language issues rather than technology features
Module 2 was designed for those new to the field of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). It provides information on AAC, who uses AAC, stakeholders and goals based on user values.
Module 3 identifies and defines the 17 quantitative summary measures of communication performance contained in the AAC Performance Report, how to generate the report, and how to use it in guiding clinical practice.
Module 4 reviews the goal of AAC and the components of evidence-based practice and then focuses on a framework for how language is represented and generated using AAC interventions.
Familiarity with the field of speech-language pathology; prior exposure to AAC would be useful but not mandatory.
Type of Material:
This material could be used by many stakeholders, including:
(A) Academic instructors developing an AAC course
(B) Experienced SLPs, to obtain or refresh knowledge in AAC.
(C) For graduate SLP students to prepare for or supplement an AAC course
This material would be useful as a prep for speech-language pathology PRAXIS exam.
Internet Browser. Access to the modules requires free registration with the AAC Institute.
Evaluation and Observation
The courses are well-written and clear. The quizzes are difficult but not too difficult. Even though they are multiple choice, they provide sufficient challenge.
Additional graphics would help enhance the learning opportunities. The majority of the site is text-based.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The content is broad in scope and offers multiple stakeholders access to the most important concepts related to AAC
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to navigate, could be saved for later completion.
Requires users to set up free registration with the AAC Institute (whose site houses the modules).
Other Issues and Comments:
Users must achieve 80% correct on quizzes before access is granted for additional chapters within modules.