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Thursday, December 1 • 9:20am - 10:10am
About a Boy, AAC, and Grown-ups: A Mixed Methods Study LIMITED

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) serves as a critical "gateway to equity" for individuals who cannot use speech to sufficiently communicate. We present the findings of a mixed methods study that examined the effectiveness of a supports package for a Kindergarten boy's AAC team in supporting the team's functioning and instruction, and, in turn, the child's communication. The supports package consisted of a structured team meeting to plan the team's AAC efforts and one-on-one coaching in evidence-based, systematic AAC instructional strategies. Mixing qualitative case study and experimental single-case multiple baseline across participants design study, we highlight key features of the team's journey around (a) their experience in collectively and individually working toward common goals for the child's communication development, (b) developing each memberŸ??s instructional competence with AAC, and (c) the child's communication. We present evidence from both methods to discuss how the team's work and the childŸ??s communication were supported by the intervention package. We also share accessible video and audio footage to support our conclusions. We discuss the implications of the findings for families and practitioners who are supporting AAC for children during the school years. After the session, participants will be able to:
  •  Identify seven key features to promote team functioning around AAC and how to address these features during team meetings.
  • Use three evidence-based instructional strategies to support AAC learning. Ÿ?? Describe a coaching model for supporting team membersŸ?? competence with these instructional strategies. 
  •  Describe the experience of one school team who participated in a team meeting and one-on-one coaching to facilitate their AAC efforts with a Kindergarten boy.

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Melinda Snodgrass

Assistant Professor, Hunter College - City University of New York

Thursday December 1, 2016 9:20am - 10:10am CST
Midway Suites III 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103