Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Thesis (699 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Kris Vossler, Marci Glessner, MariBeth Plankers, Rachel Stotts


AAC, SLP, ASHA, communication, preschool, parents and caregivers


Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be used by an individual to supplement or support communication modalities when there is difficulty with verbal communication. ASHA, n.d.a delves further into the true meaning of AAC and defines the terminology of augmentative as adding to a person’s spoken language and alternative as other methods used to produce verbal communication. The purpose of this research study was to explore the perceptions of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) concerning the involvement and/or role of caregivers or family members when their loved one is utilizing an AAC device for communication across the preschool setting. Four semi-structured interviews with SLPs were conducted, transcribed, and coded. Results revealed the successful implementation of AAC is influenced by four factors related to SLPs and other professionals, parents and/or caregivers, children, and available resources.



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