Demographics of preschoolers who require AAC

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the investigation was to gather demographic information pertaining to preschoolers who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Method: To obtain this information, a survey was developed and then distributed to preschool speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Pennsylvania. Results: Results indicated that approximately 12% of preschoolers receiving special education services required AAC. These children came from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, had a wide variety of disabilities, used a range of AAC systems, and required services from a wide range of educational professionals. Implications: The findings indicate the pressing need for all preschool SLPs to be prepared to provide services for children who require AAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-208
Number of pages9
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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