Title

Successfully Implementing AAC Systems in Inclusionary Settings: Strategies for Paraprofessionals

Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson

Keywords

AAC, implementing, paraprofessionals, strategies

Abstract

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems have great potential to improve the lives of individuals with communication difficulties by promoting independence, the development of social relationships, and enhancing education. The provision and use of AAC systems are subject to a wide variety of factors, which may either act as barriers or facilitators to successful outcomes. There is a consensus that specific staff training in AAC systems leads to increased student participation in the curriculum. AAC literature does well in describing the benefits of staff training on the implementation of AAC systems in inclusionary settings. However, to gain a complete understanding of how to successfully implement AAC systems in inclusionary settings, further research needs to look at how paraprofessionals can be trained.

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