[Source: PrAACtical AAC]
We’re pleased to welcome back Dr. Kathy Howery for another analysis of an AAC research article. Kathy is based in Alberta, Canada, and has worked in the field of AT and special education for over three decades. In the past year, she completed her doctoral studies where she used phenomenological methods to seek to understand the lived experience of speaking with/through a speech generating device. Kathy is currently working as a consultant to schools and school districts across Alberta focusing primarily on children and youth with complex communication needs.
This article presents the results of a systematic review of the research into what the authors refer to as augmented communication input (p.149). As the authors tell us in their introduction, today ‘clinicians often recommend that communication partners use the client’s AAC system to communicate’ (p.149), as it is believed to enhance both the learning of language form and content.