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Access to AAC Using Auditory Scanning Techniques: Strategies for Implementation

Presenters:

Tracy Kovach, Ph.D.
The Children's Hospital
Denver , CO

Jill Tullman
Augmentative Communication Therapies
Arcadia, CA

Sarah Blackstone
Augmentative Communication, Inc.
Monterey, CA

Patricia Kenyon
The Children's Hospital
Denver , CO


Children who present with significant speech and physical impairments (SSPI) require AAC to develop or enhance communication skills. For those children with SSPI who also have visual impairments, access to AAC systems becomes more difficult. However, for this population, communication can be developed and various levels of communication independence maintained when auditory scanning is used to develop and access communication systems.

When auditory scanning is used to access communication systems, special considerations for language encoding, vocabulary organization and mapping, vocabulary retrieval, and navigation are warranted.

This presentation will discuss ways in which communication can be developed and successfully implemented for children who rely on AAC systems that use auditory scanning.

Strategies and specific information to develop, implement, and support a dynamic, multimodality approach to communication that utilizes no technology, light technology, and high technology will be described.

Data describing individuals' profiles using auditory scanning will be reviewed and the implications this has on communication will be discussed. Maximizing individuals' residual vision and specific strategies to develop AAC systems using auditory scanning will be presented. Specific challenges unique to individuals who use auditory scanning will be described.


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