2006 Conference General Sessions

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USING AAC DEVICES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DOWN SYNDROME

Presenter #1

Monica Burgess
Saltillo Corporation
P0 Box 9309Rapid City SD 57709
800-635-5287 office
605-716-1926 fax
800-382-8622
330-674-6726 fax

Individuals with Down syndrome often have difficulties with intelligible speech and re
suggests that many also have either diagnosed or undiagnosed apraxia. Recent published and unpublished studies of speech and communication in individuals with Down syndrome will be reviewed with an emphasis on the steps to take to improve communication by augmentation with a speech- generating device. The use of portable, dynamic-display AAC devices has proven to be a valuable communication tool for both children and adults. An in-depth Case Study of a child will be presented. Practical considerations of using AAC devices in the home, at school, and at work will be discussed.


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