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What is Augmented and Alternative Communication Device (AAC)

Advising Preservice Teachers Through Narratives From Students With Disabilities
Or speech generating devices (SGD) are speech aids to provide individuals with severe speech impairment the ability to meet their functional communication needs.
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Communication and Competence
Jamie L. Sibole (Waverly City Schools, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7359-4.ch005
Many factors are important when planning and implementing strategies for teaching in the multiple disability/cross-categorical classroom. No two students' needs are alike; however, two areas are invariably a topic of discussion and lead many of the decisions being made in the individual's educational program: communication and presumed competence. The following chapter includes student narratives for a child with multiple disabilities as well as a child with autism spectrum disorder. Each child exhibits a significant communication delay and is considered to be non-verbal. The narratives along with strategies used to support the students have been included. Common misconceptions about augmentative and alternative communication use and presumed competence among students with significant communication needs are examined as well as research and theory concerning these areas.
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