Aided AAC for people with severe to profound and multiple disabilities: A systematic review of interventions and treatment intensity

Jessica Simacek, Brittany Pennington, Joe Reichle, Quannah Parker-McGowan

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Abstract

Given the limited evidence, along with a rapidly evolving state of technology, research is needed to drive effective and efficient communication intervention for people with severe to profound and multiple disabilities. The purpose of the current review was to synthesize and evaluate the state of the aided, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention literature for this population from 1997 to 2016. Results synthesized findings from 25 studies (n = 59) on the extracted participant characteristics, intervention, and dosage parameters from the studies. Results included an under-reporting of sufficient dosage parameters in addition to implications for future directions in the areas of maintenance, generalization, and discriminated use of skills, and bridging aided low and high-tech AAC interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-115
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Preparation of this article was supported in part by grant #2-T73MC12835-03-00 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services awarded to the University of Minnesota.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Aided AAC
  • Communication intervention
  • Severe and multiple disabilities

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