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dc.contributor.advisor Anderson, Dr. Jacki L.
dc.creator Alder, Elizabeth Catherine
dc.date 2017-06-01
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-14T23:56:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-14T23:56:03Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/193157
dc.description.abstract The author investigated the usage of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) within the context of a sequential mixed methods research design in order to examine the relationship between home language and factors which facilitated or hindered its application in home environments. The study analyzed data from thirteen parents of school-aged children representing seven different languages spoken at home. The findings suggest that AAC use is not negatively impacted by the primary home language, despite the fact that 75% of the non-English-speaking children in the study do not have AAC solutions that support their primary language. Both English-only and non- English-only children consistently use AAC at equivalent rates. According to survey and interview participant answers, the hypothesis that AAC use for both English-only and non-English-only families will be positively influenced by increased family input and training can neither be corroborated nor refuted. Both English-only and non-English-only children of parents participating in the study consistently used AAC at equivalent rates. According to survey and interview participant answers, the hypothesis that AAC use for both English-only and non-English-only families will be positively influenced by increased family input and “training” can neither be corroborated nor refuted. Both English-only and non-English-only groups continue to benefit from access to evidence-based practices to support their child’s augmentative and alternative communication methods. Keywords: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), home language, family input, assessment, evidence-based practices. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject People with disabilities -- Means of communication en_US
dc.subject Nonverbal communication en_US
dc.title English and Non-English-Speaking Families Utilizing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at Home en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.primaryAdvisor Halvorsen, Dr. Ann
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Special Education en_US


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