ERIC Number: EJ1048976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Adolescence and AAC: Intervention Challenges and Possible Solutions
Smith, Martine M.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v36 n2 p112-118 Feb 2015
Adolescence is a unique developmental period, spanning the gulf between childhood and adulthood. For adolescents who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), the major physical, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional changes associated with adolescence may have significant implications for their use of AAC. These challenges are reviewed here, and it is suggested that effective interventions targeting the needs of adolescents who use AAC address four main areas: social networks; peer relationships; language needs, particularly vocabulary; and curriculum access, including literacy development. It is proposed that interventions that harness the group connectedness of adolescents and that focus on preparing adolescents for the next life stage are most likely to be successful.
Descriptors: Intervention, Adolescents, Adolescent Development, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Social Networks, Peer Relationship, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary Development, Literacy, Speech Language Pathology, Outcomes of Education, Access to Education, Curriculum, Barriers, Change Strategies
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