Beyond the Boundaries: Alternative & Augmentative Communication Strategies. Judith L. Page, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, ATP Associate Professor & Director Division of Communication Disorders University of Kentucky. Assistive Technology Considerations for Communication :.
Beyond the Boundaries: Alternative & Augmentative Communication Strategies
Judith L. Page, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, ATP
Associate Professor & Director
Division of Communication Disorders
University of Kentucky
Provide materials that are appropriate for student
Moving Through the Symbol Hierarchy
(Stremel-Campbell, l985; MacDonald, 1982; Neetz, 1984; Kaiser, 1986; Halle, 1984; Schumacher, 1988; Smith & Kleinert, 1989)
Using Palmtop Impact Communication Device to Follow Daily Schedule
Peer: Where do you go next, Tyler?
1. Home Screen-Tyler independently pushed School button to access school activities.
2. School Screen-Tyler independently pushed Schedule button to access his bell schedule.
Content Catalog of Academic Activities
AGE/GRADE ______2______ Teacher _____________
Let’s Meet Grace
The 7-Level Communication Builder is a self-contained communication device. It allows the user to record and play back 1, 2, 4, 8, or 16 different messages per level. There are seven levels for recordings, giving you a total of up to 112 messages (in the 16 window setting). Total record time is 300 seconds
Allows the use of single or dual switch scanning.
also allows direct activation by pressing the squares or 1 to 4 external switches.
Features scan modes, with a choice of eight different scanning options, including audible scan (see below).
scanning speed is adjustable to accommodate a wide range of abilities
Any book can talk! Place our thin 16-position flat switch array inside the back of any book and record the story. • Place a marking sticker on any page over one of the segments on the switch • Pushing the marker plays your recording • You can pre-record from one to sixteen messages on 7 different levels• Total recording time is 300 seconds
Pressing on each of the four corners of the front plate plays one of your four pre-recorded messages (5 seconds per message). Wall mounting hardware is included
designed for children who would benefit from a picture schedule.
Pictures or symbols representing a desired activity or task can be framed in the icon holders.
When the activity is completed, the icon holder is removed and placed into the pocket at the base of the Go! Board.
a valuable asset for any classroom that uses scheduling techniques
student communicates by activating a switch which moves the clock hand to the desired picture, word, or object affixed to the clockface.
Customizable with the as few (or as many) objects as you’d like.
Single or double switch capability available: one switch moves the hand clockwise; the other moves it counterclockwise.
Encourages face-to-face communication
makes eye-gaze communication more accurate and understandable
made with clear, shatter-resistant plastic
comes with two self-contained height adjustable triangle stands
Taking or replacing the 2" x 2" Velcro mounted icon holders will play one of four 5-second pre-recorded messages.
Can be secured to a table with clamps
Use the Talking Photo Album to create a talking slide show, a talking story book or for basic communication. Each of the 24 pages can record up to 10 seconds and can hold a 4" x 6" photo.
Up to eight natural-voice messages (11 seconds per message) can be recorded and played back on the VoicePal 8
messages can be recorded in any order
has Delayed Activation, a Repeat Message Mode and an External Speaker Jack
can be plugged into any communication aid or battery-operated assistive device
can be activated with the slightest touch, whether it comes from directly above or at a shallow angle
flat membrane switches approximately 1/10" thick.
clear, adhesive-backed, touch-sensitive plastic patches; hen adhered to a surface or object, they act as switches
peel the backing off and stick it on almost any object or surface
activates by touch (moisture)
Record and playback 32 messages per level on a light touch membrane panel
2, 4, 6 or 12 levels for up to 384 independent messages
Standard message length of 2.25 seconds per message
Square picture size of 1.25 in.
External speaker and record jacks for increased flexibility
2.5-inch activation surface with tactile and auditory feedback
switch tops can be removed and replaced with the color of your choice: Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green
Clear, rigid plastic caps make placing, protecting, viewing and changing symbols a snap
Symbols stay in place without adhesive
With a 1 3/8-inch activation surface, this switch is small enough to be worn, but is most often used as a mounted switch.
includes three bases: a standard flange base, a space saving flush base and a strap base for mounting around items
Allows 2 to take turns operating a device or 1 person to operate 2 devices in sequence or make choices
Can be used for a single device
Record digitized messages
ideal for pre-recording sequential messages to be used at specific times of the day, or for recording and storing sequential messages that are used on a regular basis
four minutes of recording time
Connectable devices for customizable layouts
Easy single-message recording on each Brix
10 seconds of recording time
Power on/off switch
1.8” Activation area
Free Snap Switch Cap
Records a message up to 2 min. long
Can also connect a toy or appliance
5 in activation surface
Good for visual impairment and physical disabilities
What strategies and tools can be used to support learning and communication in the classroom for Carrie, the student in our Case Study?
Let’s play with AAC