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Australian speech-language pathologists' perceptions and experiences of augmentative and alternative communication in early childhood intervention

Iacono, Teresa, Cameron, Marnie,

Academic Literature

2009

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in early childhood intervention are expected to have knowledge and skills across a number of areas and to engage in evidence-based practice. We explored the knowledge and perceptions of SLPs working with young children within Australian early childhood settings about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), evidence-based practice, and barriers to such practice. Their reported assessment and intervention approaches reflected best practice as documented in the literature. The exception was in the implementation of family-centred practice - many appeared to use a directive approach. The results suggest that many expectations placed on clinicians within early childhood intervention settings may fail to take into account the everyday demands on their time, in a context of varied resources and support.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Aac: Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Transport and communication

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