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Patricia A Dowden
SPHSC 453
Seattle Campus

Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Implementation Strategies

Communication needs of nonspeaking individuals. Interdisciplinary approaches to the evaluation, selection, and implementation of aided and unaided communication augmentation systems. Recommended: basic course work in either SPHSC, OT, PT, or ENGR. Offered: jointly with REHAB 458; S.

Class description

SPHSC 453 has been evolving because of new requirements in augmentative and alternative communication in Speech & Hearing Sciences. In the future, this 3-credit course will focus on the evaluation and intervention strategies for individuals with severe congenital or developmental communication impairments. Also in the future, there will be a parallel course focusing on evaluation and intervention for individuals with acquired impairments. For this summer alone, this course will cover both individuals with congenital impairments as well as individuals with acquired impairments. Students will be asked to select a primary focus and readings will diverge by the middle of the course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will combine didactic lecture, online assignments and hands-on experiences with equipment to prepare students to intervene with multi-modality solutions for individuals with severe communication impairments.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignment #1: Reflection (10 points) Assignment #2: Device Review (20 points) Assignment #3: Building Communicative Competence (20 points) Lab Worksheets (5 points total) Quiz #1 (10 points) Quiz #2 (10 points) Final Exam (20 points) Class participation (5 points)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Patricia A Dowden
Date: 06/15/2006