Review Article

Augmentative and alternative communication intervention: A lifespan issue

E. Alante
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 56, No 1 | a548 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v56i1.548 | © 2018 E. Alante | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 September 2018 | Published: 28 February 2000

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E. Alante, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to reflect on the needs of people with little or no functional speech and the difficulties they experience throughout their lives. The mismatch between the needs of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) users and intervention provided is explored by firstly addressing the need for AAC users to become an integral part of the intervention team and in this way to professionalise consumer input. Secondly, the need for a more collaborative approach to team work is highlighted to ensure more effective problem-solving of lifespan issues. Finally, some brief comments are made about the role of the physiotherapist as part of the AAC intervention team

 


Keywords

Augmentative And Alternative Communication (ACC); AAC user perspectives; little or no functional speech; collaborative teamwork; lifespan intervention

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