What is it about?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) from the United States of America were surveyed regarding their perspectives, practices, and confidence regarding serves for emergent bilingual children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Findings from the survey revealed a discrepancy between SLPs' perceptions and practices regarding service provision for emergent bilinguals who use AAC. Most SLPs surveyed reported varying levels of confidence in serving this population and indicated that they frequently lacked training and resources to serve bilingual clients who use AAC. This research highlighted the need for increased resources, research, and education to support service provision for emergent bilinguals who use AAC.

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Why is it important?

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) often provide services to children with speech and language impairments who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Despite a growing population, scientific investigations surrounding emergent bilinguals who use AAC are limited, and research has just started acknowledging their unique situation. Examining the perspectives, practices, and confidence of SLPs is a first step toward understanding the current state of service provision for this population and aid in determining next steps.

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This page is a summary of: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services for Emergent Bilinguals: Perspectives, Practices, and Confidence of Speech-Language Pathologists, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2023_ajslp-22-00295.
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