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AAC Interventions to Maximize Language Development for Young Children

Janice Light

Janice Light
Penn State University

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Webcast Description

Young children who have significant communication disabilities are at risk in all aspects of their development. Early AAC intervention is essential to maximize outcomes. This session will report on the results of a research project, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research as part of the AAC-RERC.

The session will discuss: (1) effective designs for AAC systems to better meet the needs and skills of young children, and (2) effective techniques to implement AAC with young children who have significant communication disabilities (ages 0-3) and their families.

Implications for effective evidence-based practice will be discussed using case studies to illustrate the effects of these interventions on language and communication development. With early access to appropriate AAC technologies and services, young children with significant communication disabilities will be better able to build the language and communication skills that they require to achieve their full potential and maximize outcomes.


Additional Resources

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AAC and Early Intervention Website

This website provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs

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