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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.
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Wednesday, November 30 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Aided AAC Modeling to Promote Expressive Communication: Findings, Implications, and Future Directions LIMITED

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All children need access to communication that empowers them to express their wants and needs, interact socially, participate fully in their environments, and share and receive information about the world. Although aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) offers a critical means to communicate for many children with complex communication needs, learning to use AAC involves more than being provided a deviceƒ??it requires children are supported and taught. This presentation shares the findings of a systematic review of 48 studies involving aided AAC modeling as a strategy to promote childrenƒ??s (i.e., birth to 21 years old) communication. In the review, intervention approaches were categorized according to three types of aided AAC modelingƒ??augmented input, models as prompts, and models within instructional demonstrations. Although the procedures and intervention components of these approaches varied, they were generally effective at improving diverse measures of childrenƒ??s expressive communication. This review offers key insight for researchers, educators, and family members by describing approaches to aided AAC modeling, evaluating their effectiveness, highlighting areas needing future research, and offering implications for practice.

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Elizabeth Biggs

Ph.D. Candidate, Vanderbilt University
2016 TASH Award Winner (Alice H. Hayden Emerging Leader Award)Elizabeth Biggs, M.A. is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a special education teacher on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New... Read More →

Wednesday November 30, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm CST
Grand F 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103