An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3) Examination of assessment and intervention issues in augmentative and alternative communication techniques with persons with severe communication disorders.
CSD 451 An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3)
CSD 451, An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (INTRO TO AAC), is a 3-credit course typically offered fall semester. The course is required for Communications Sciences and Disorders majors, prerequisited by CSD 146 and 300, and should be taken during the third or fourth year. The intent of this course is to examine assessment and intervention issues in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) techniques for persons having severe communication disorders. Students will be expected to spend outside of class time becoming familiar with common AAC devices located in the department's AAC laboratory. The educational objectives are that students will acquire an understanding of: 1) persons with severe communication disorders who may require AAC, 2) terminology and principles of AAC applications, 3) types and evaluation of existing AAC systems and emerging technology, 4) assessment issues for children and adults concerning the use of AAC devices, 5) intervention, learning, and therapy issues for children and adults who use AAC, 6) research in AAC, and 7) theoretical issues. Although the course will focus on non-electronic AAC applications, students will be expected to spend time in or outside of class becoming familiar with common electronic AAC devices located in the department's AAC laboratory. Students meet the educational objectives by attending class, participating in class discussions, group projects, constructing an AAC system, completing assigned readings, and examinations.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.