Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

School

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Committee Chair

Dr. Steven Cloud

Committee Chair School

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Committee Member 2

Dr. Amanda Mathews

Committee Member 2 School

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Committee Member 3

Mary Schaub

Committee Member 3 School

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Committee Member 4

Sarah Meyers

Abstract

Children with complex communication needs often require augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC) to efficiently convey messages across various settings (Barker et al., 2013). Early implementation of AAC devices for this particular population has been proven successful through the improvement of speech production and language development (Topia & Hocking, 2012). Several factors play an important role in a child’s success or abandonment of an AAC device including speech-language pathologist (SLP) expertise, familial support and perceptions, AAC acceptance, and availability of AAC therapeutic services. This survey-based study explored factors related to success of AAC post early intervention programs through a 33 question anonymous parent survey that included a population of 129 with a respondent sample size of 29.

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