Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, Fifth Edition
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Communication and Language
This classic bestseller is now in its fifth edition—revised and updated for a new generation of SLPs, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals in clinical and educational settings. Partnering with a team of distinguished contributors, renowned experts David Beukelman and Janice Light deliver today's most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to AAC interventions and technologies for children and adults with complex communication needs.
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The authoritative text on augmentative and alternative communication, this classic bestseller is now in its fifth edition—revised and updated for a new generation of SLPs, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals in clinical and educational settings. Partnering with a team of distinguished contributors, renowned experts David Beukelman and Janice Light deliver today's most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to AAC interventions and technologies for children and adults with complex communication needs. Future service providers will get in-depth coverage of essential AAC topics, enhanced by helpful study questions, valuable perspectives from people who use AAC, and case examples that illustrate key principles.

Significantly expanded with new chapters on critical topics, more practical information on how AAC systems work, and new online companion materials, this definitive text will expertly prepare readers to support communicative competence–and quality of life–for children and adults with complex communication needs.

WHAT’S NEW
Professionals will prepare for their work in the field with critical new information on:
  • Collaborating with family members and other communication partners

  • Making the most of mobile technologies and AAC apps

  • Selecting an AAC system and tailoring it to individual needs

  • Working effectively with families from diverse cultural backgrounds

  • Supporting inclusion across the lifespan (including education, employment, and community life)

  • Ensuring efficient patient-provider communication in medical settings

  • Providing communication supports to people with autism spectrum disorder


PLUS: Enhance your teaching with a package of online companion materials, including a resource guide to help practitioners and students learn more about AAC; sample responses to chapter study questions; and a sample syllabus.

TOPICS COVERED: components and phases of AAC assessment * planning, implementation, and evaluation of AAC interventions * working with families *vocabulary and message selection *multimodal communication*unaided representations * aided AAC symbols and other representations * assistive technologies that support literacy * support for beginning communicators * education * employment * assisted and independent living * health care * selection and personalization of AAC systems * AAC access techniques and output * interventions for people with developmental disabilities * interventions for people with acquired disabilities * the importance of advocacy

Learn more about the new edition!

About the Authors
About the Contributors
Preface
About the Online Companion Materials
Acknowledgments


Section I    People Who Require Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Chapter 1    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Processes for Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs

Chapter 2    AAC Assessment

Chapter 3    Overview of AAC Intervention

Chapter 4    Collaborating with Family Members and Other Communication Partners


Section II    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems
Chapter 5   Vocabulary Selection and Message Management

Chapter 6    Representation, Organization, and Layout of AAC Systems

Chapter 7    Access Techniques and Output

Chapter 8    Selection and Personalization of AAC Systems


Section III    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 9    Key Considerations in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for People With Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 10    Intervention to Support Communication and Participation of Beginning Communicators

Chapter 11    Intervention to Build Communicative Competence

Chapter 12    Literacy Intervention for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs
Janice C. Light and David B. McNaughton

Chapter 13    Intervention to Enhance Participation in Education, Employment, and Community Settings
David B. McNaughton


Section IV    Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions for Individuals with Acquired Disabilities
Chapter 14    Individuals with Acquired Physical Conditions
Laura Ball, Amy Nordness, and David R.Beukelman

Chapter 15    AAC Supports for Adults with Severe Aphasia and/or Apraxia of Speech
Kathryn L. Garrett, Joanne P. Lasker, and Julia King Fischer

Chapter 16    Adults with Degenerative Cognitive and Linguistic Conditions
Elizabeth K. Hanson and David R. Beukelman

Chapter 17    Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
Susan Koch Fager and David R. Beukelman

Chapter 18    Patient-Provider Communication in Medical Settings

Chapter 19    The Importance of Advocacy

Index

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Pat Mirenda, Ph.D., BCBA-D, University of British Columbia - April 2, 2020
"The most up-to-date and authoritative source of information about AAC principles, assessment, and interventions...should be on the shelf of every professional who provides AAC supports."
Kathryn Yorkston, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington - April 2, 2020
"Current, comprehensive, and an excellent introduction to the field."
Joe Reichle, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota - April 2, 2020
"A clear and cogent overview of augmentative/alternative communication...will likely continue to be one of the most frequently referenced AAC texts."
Jay Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D - April 2, 2020
"Brings together world-class authors and contributors with significant experience and expertise…provid[es] a well-rounded and evidence-supported guide on AAC, highlighting timely issues."
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

Augmentative and Alternative Communication courses for pre-service SLPs and special education teachers at the graduate level (e.g. CSD 765 at University of Wisconsin; SPEDS 7100 at Vanderbilt University; COMD 7384 )

Graduate-level communication and language disorder courses, particularly for severe disabilities (e.g. COMD 6220 Severe Communication Impairments at Utah State; SPPA 6440 Motor Speech Disordersy)

AAC and severe disability courses at the undergraduate level (e.g. SPEDS 2450 at Vanderbilt University; EDSE 434 Communication and Severe Disabilities )

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