About The Book

Providers of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) face a myriad of challenges in a rapidly changing and developing field. Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Challenges and Solutions is a unique solution-oriented text intended to prepare professionals to face those challenges with a can do perspective. Featuring contributions from prominent AAC researchers and providers, as well as actual AAC users, this resource traverses a wide range of scenarios that clinicians deal with on a daily basis.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Challenges and Solutions is divided into five sections with each chapter offering a different evidence-based solution. Part I provides an introduction and basis for the rest of the book. Part II focuses on the unique challenges of providing AAC in childhood, while Part III centers on dealing with adult disorders. In Part IV, the authors delve into special populations and issues, such as assisting individuals with multiple disabilities. In Part V, clinicians will find tips for becoming a solution-oriented provider.

Key Features

  • Contributions from national experts in AAC
  • Quotes and vignettes representing the experiences of actual AAC users
  • Featured challenges faced by providers and users alike
  • Evidence-based solutions for ready application in clinical contexts
  • Tools for implementing certain strategies, including example meeting scripts
  • A comprehensive glossary of terms
  • A highly readable writing style
  • An introductory chapter with bolded key terms to improve retention of the material

About The Author

Billy T. Ogletree, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Catherine Brewer Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. His research interests include the communicative abilities and needs of persons with servere disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Ogletree’s AAC experiences included service provision in several settings (schools, hospitals, and university clinics), AAC instruction at the graduate level, reviewer and associate editor roles with the AAC journal, related publications in several journals and book series, and a term as AAC program coordinator for the 2012 annual conference of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Ogletree is an ASHA Fellow.

Table oF Contents


Part I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Challenges and Solutions in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Billy T. Ogletree

Part II. AAC Challenges and Solutions: Childhood

Chapter 2. Earlier Is Better: Challenges to Implementing AAC During Early Intervention
Rose A. Sevcik, MaryAnn Romski, Casy Walters, and Gal Kaldes

Chapter 3. AAC in Preschool: Navigating Challenges in Language and Literacy Instruction
Andrea Barton-Hulsey, Marika King, and Jennifer Lyons-Golden

Chapter 4. AAC in Schools: Mastering the Art and Science of Inclusion
Nancy B. Robinson and Gloria Soto

Chapter 5. Supporting Participation and Communication in Employment and Volunteer Activities for Adolescents With Complex Communication Needs
David McNaughton and Salena Babb

Part III. AAC Challenges and Solutions:  Adult Disorders

Chapter 6. AAC Interventions in Persons with Aphasia
Tiffany Chavers, Cissy Cheng, and Rajinder Koul

Chapter 7. Decision-Making for Access to AAC Technologies in Late Stage ALS
Deirdre McLaughlin, Betts Peters, Kendra McInturf, Brandon Eddy, Michelle Kinsella, Aimee Mooney, Trinity Deibert, Kerry Montgomery, and Melanie Fried-Oken

Chapter 8. Access to AAC for Individuals with Acquired Conditions: Challenges and Solutions in Early Recovery
Susan Koch Fager, Jessica E. Gormley, and Tabatha L. Sorenson

Part IV. AAC Challenges and Solutions:  Special Populations and Issues

Chapter 9. Challenges in Providing AAC Intervention to People With Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities
Jeff Sigafoos, Laura Roche, and Kathleen Tait

Chapter 10. The Challenge of Symbolic Communication for School-Aged Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Karen Erickson, Lori Geist, Penny Hatch, and Nancy Quick

Chapter 11. Implementing the Visual Immersion System™ in a Classroom for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Challenges and Solutions
Ralf W. Schlosser, Howard C. Shane, Anna A. Allen, Christina Yu, Amanda M. O’Brien, Jackie Cullen, Andrea Benz, Lindsay O’Neil, Laurel Chiesa, and Lisa Miori-Dinneen

Chapter 12. Fostering Communication About Emotions: Aided Augmentative and Alternative Communication Challenges and Solutions
Krista M. Wilkinson, Ji Young Na, Gabriela A. Rangel-Rodriguez, and Dawn J. Sowers

Chapter 13. AAC and Multiculturalism: Incorporating Family Perspectives for Improved Outcomes
Mary Claire Wofford and Rachel Hoge

Part V. Final Thoughts

Chapter 14. Becoming a Solution-Oriented AAC Provider
Billy T. Ogletree and Kelsey Williams



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