The AAC Mentor Project: Web-based instruction in sociorelational skills and collaborative problem solving for adults who use augmentative and alternative communication

Janice Light, David McNaughton, Carole Krezman, Michael Williams, Maija Gulens, Alix Galskoy, Marleah Umpleby

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Abstract

In this study, we investigated the effects of a self-paced instructional program, delivered via an accessible website, to teach sociorelational skills and collaborative problem-solving skills to adults with cerebral palsy who used augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The instruction was designed to prepare participants to serve as mentors, in an Internet-based mentor program, for adolescents and young adults who also used AAC (Light & McNaughton, 2002). The effect of the training program was evaluated in two separate studies utilizing single-subject multiple probe designs: Study 1 investigated the effects of Lesson 1 of the web-based instructional program on the acquisition of sociorelational skills by six adults who used AAC; and, Study 2 focused on the effects of Lesson 2 on the acquisition of collaborative problem-solving skills by 15 adults who used AAC. All participants in Study 1 successfully acquired the target sociorelational skills to help them establish positive mentoring relationships with their protégés, and all participants in Study 2 acquired the collaborative problem-solving skills to support protégés in overcoming challenges in their lives and attaining goals. Results are discussed, along with implications for practice and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-75
Number of pages20
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 29 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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