ERIC Number: ED458727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Fifteen Years Later: An Investigation of the Long-Term Outcomes of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions.
Lund, Shelley K.; Light, Janice C.
This report presents the activities, accomplishments, and outcomes of a study of the long-term outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions with individuals with severe communication disabilities. The study evaluated long-term outcomes for 7 young men (ages 19-23 years) who had used AAC systems for at least 15 years. Outcomes were measured in the following domains: (1) receptive language; (2) reading comprehension; (3) communicative interaction; (4) functional communication; (5) educational and vocational achievement; (6) self-determination; and (7) quality of life. In addition, qualitative interviews were conducted to identify contextual factors that may have contributed to the measured outcomes. The study provided data regarding the feasibility of the outcome measurement tools used. It identified four factors believed to contribute, positively and negatively, to outcomes and communicative competence. These were: (1) attitudes of family members, professionals, peers and the general public; (2) cultural issues; (3) technological issues such as the operational demands of AAC systems; and (4) service delivery (a team approach is critical). (Contains approximately 135 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Disorders, Communication Skills, Cultural Influences, Delivery Systems, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Communication, Intervention, Interviews, Quality of Life, Reading Comprehension, Receptive Language, Self Determination, Severe Disabilities
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University, 110 Moore Building, University Park, PA 16802.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.