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Augment Altern Commun. 2008 Mar;24(1):43-55. doi: 10.1080/07434610701421007.

"A child needs to be given a chance to succeed": parents of individuals who use AAC describe the benefits and challenges of learning AAC technologies.

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The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.


Seven parents of individuals with cerebral palsy who used augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices participated in a focus group discussion on the benefits and challenges of learning AAC technology. The focus group was conducted on the Internet over a 9-week period. Six major themes emerged from the discussion: (a) issues in the selection of AAC technology; (b) knowledge and skills needed to use AAC technology; (c) barriers to learning AAC technology; (d) teaching the individual; (e) educating society; and (f) recommendations to others. Important supports to learning how to make effective use of AAC technology included opportunities for individual exploration, use of the technology in role play activities, organized instruction, and opportunities for functional use in the community.

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