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Caregiver Training Program on Emergent Literacy of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Users.

, Murray State University, Speech Language Pathology, United States ; , Murray State University, Assistant Professor Speech Language Pathology, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Record type: PROCEEDING

Abstract

Current research has shown both pediatric and adult augmentative and alternative (AAC) users underachieve in their reading and spelling skills. Their underperformance is not secondary to a lack of cognitive and linguistic abilities (Sandberg, Smith, & Larsson, 2010). The outcome of improved literacy for this population will mean improved educational opportunities, vocational opportunities, self-expression, potential for independent living, and entertainment (Light, McNaughton, Weyer, & Karg, 2008; Erickson, 2003).
The purpose of this study was to determine if a parent-centered literacy training program for AAC users will increase the users’ emergent literacy skills. A pretest posttest design was used to determine the effectiveness of the parent-training program following an eight-week period of implementation. The participants demonstrated some improvements in their emergent literacy skills based on caregiver report via surveys. A quantitative analysis was unable to be completed due to participant limitations. Further research in literacy development for AAC users is recommended.

Citation

Bowers, M. & Coulter, K. (2018). Caregiver Training Program on Emergent Literacy of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Users. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1979-1984). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .

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