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Title:Supporting a school team in planning and implementing AAC for a child with intellectual disability
Author(s):Snodgrass, Melinda Rae
Director of Research:Meadan-Kaplansky, Hedda
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Meadan-Kaplansky, Hedda
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Halle, James W.; Greene, Jennifer C.; Reichle, Joe
Department / Program:Special Education
Discipline:Special Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):augmentative and alternative communication
team functioning
communicative competence
family-school partnerships
Abstract:Supporting a child who cannot use speech and also has a language disorder to learn augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is often challenging for families and school teams. I provided one school-family team with supports package that consisted of a structured team meeting and one-on-one coaching. I examined the effectiveness of this supports package in facilitating (a) team functioning, (b) instructional competence in AAC instruction, and (c) the child's communication. The supports package was effective in improving team functioning and building instructional competence, which led to positive changes in the child’s communication using AAC. However, the supports package was insufficient in supporting ongoing functioning and instructional competence that lead to the child’s independent, autonomous communication via AAC. This suggests that the supports package is a useful first step in this process but that additional ongoing supports are needed.
Issue Date:2016-07-05
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Melinda R. Snodgrass
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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