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ERIC Number: EJ894037
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1058-0360
Preparation in Augmentative and Alternative Communication: An Update for Speech-Language Pathology Training
Ratcliff, Ann; Koul, Rajinder; Lloyd, Lyle L.
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, v17 n1 p48-59 Feb 2008
Purpose: To report on data from the current survey about academic and clinical education in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), as well as to compare these findings with earlier surveys in an attempt to identify any changes being made as programs in the United States implement the new certification standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in the area of speech-language pathology. Method: A survey was sent to all speech-language pathology training programs in the United States via e-mail directed to program directors or faculty teaching in AAC. Results: A total of 168 surveys were returned, for a return rate of 57.93%. Seventy-three percent of the respondents had a separate course in AAC, and 80% indicated AAC content was infused in other courses. Conclusions: Academic preparation in AAC, while varying across academic programs, has in general increased over the past decade. Data also suggested a continuing critical need for more academic and clinical preparation in this area. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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