SIG 12 Perspectives Vol. 22, No. 1, April 2013
This issue of Perspectives highlights the final articles from the presenters of the online conference that was held in June, 2012 on Partner Instruction in AAC. Laura Ball and Joanne Lasker discuss issues of teaching partners to support communication as it relates to clients with acquired impairments. David Beukelman and Tiffany Thiessen, followed by Nina Simmons-Mackie, will explore related topics in their two articles focused on adult partner issues for clients with aphasia and neurogenic disorders. David McNaughton and David Chapple then will present an overview of communication skills, partner supports, and preparation activities relevant to employment contexts. Ann Kaiser and Courtney Wright present enhanced milieu teaching in the natural teaching environment. In the final article, Kent-Walsh and Binger will detail the evidence-based ImPAACT program—a communication partner instruction protocol. This article provides a step-by-step approach to working with communication partners that could be used with the communication partners of any client with complex communication needs.
You will be able to:
- discuss strategies for identifying key communication partners, and how to best provide training in AAC implementation
- describe a systems approach to training potential communication partners of people with aphasia in organizations such as health care or business
- list important aspects of communication in the workplace for persons who use AAC
- describe the key strategies of Enhanced Milieu Teaching
- describe common considerations for clinicians when planning and executing communication partner interventions
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