What is it about?

Supervisors and graduate SLP students provided AAC intervention focused on different areas important to using AAC systems in an adult day program. Results showed that providing specific intervention services helped adults learn new skills.

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Why is it important?

This work is important because research rarely targets adults with developmental disabilities and especially those that use AAC systems in a community setting.


It is an honor and privilege to work with adults with developmental disabilities who had left school before the current technological wave. They are very capable of benefitting from speech-language services. This project was also important as a training opportunity for graduate students who are not always comfortable with this population or with AAC in general.

Deanna Hughes
Vista Unified School District

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This page is a summary of: Direct Speech-Language Intervention Effects on Augmentative and Alternative Communication System Use in Adults With Developmental Disabilities in a Naturalistic Environment, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, July 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2022_ajslp-21-00242.
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