Demographics of Preschoolers Who Require AAC Purpose The purpose of the investigation was to gather demographic information pertaining to preschoolers who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Method To obtain this information, a survey was developed and then distributed to preschool speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Pennsylvania. Results Results indicated that approximately 12% ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 2006
Demographics of Preschoolers Who Require AAC
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cathy Binger
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Janice Light
    The Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • Contact author: Cathy Binger, 1700 Lomas NE, MSC01 1195, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. E-mail: cbinger@unm.edu
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 01, 2006
Demographics of Preschoolers Who Require AAC
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2006, Vol. 37, 200-208. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/022)
History: Received August 9, 2005 , Accepted December 12, 2005
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2006, Vol. 37, 200-208. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2006/022)
History: Received August 9, 2005; Accepted December 12, 2005
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Purpose The purpose of the investigation was to gather demographic information pertaining to preschoolers who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Method To obtain this information, a survey was developed and then distributed to preschool speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Pennsylvania.

Results Results indicated that approximately 12% of preschoolers receiving special education services required AAC. These children came from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, had a wide variety of disabilities, used a range of AAC systems, and required services from a wide range of educational professionals.

Implications The findings indicate the pressing need for all preschool SLPs to be prepared to provide services for children who require AAC.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The researchers wish to thank all of the early intervention supervisors who coordinated the distribution and collection of the surveys, as well as the SLPs who took the time to complete the surveys. Further, the authors thank the members of the expert panel, who were invaluable to the development of the survey: Morita Flynn, Carol Hammer, Jennifer Kent-Walsh, John McCarthy, and Barb Roberts. A portion of this paper was presented at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in November, 2003.
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