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People with disabilities -- Means of communication -- Study and teaching (Graduate), Communication devices for people with disabilities, Communicative disorders -- Study and teaching (Graduate), Speech disorders -- Study and teaching (Graduate)

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advisor

Brandon Eddy

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

Speech-language pathologists receive limited graduate-level pre-service training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (Costigan & Light, 2010). Johnson and Prebor (2019) surveyed accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology (SLP) to evaluate AAC coursework. They found 86% of institutions offered at least one AAC course. However, only 79 of 279 programs responded to their survey, leaving the remaining programs unevaluated. Further, their study did not assess instruction time dedicated to AAC coursework, and variation across universities may result in disparate outcomes. This study evaluated AAC coursework at ASHA accredited SLP graduate programs. We reviewed course catalogs and program websites to identify if an AAC course was offered, number of credit hours, and academic schedule. Preliminary results of 242 accredited programs found that 18% of programs did not offer a dedicated AAC course, 5% offered a combination course (e.g., autism and AAC), and 77% offered at least one dedicated AAC course. The average number of hours of AAC instruction was 38.27 (± 9.44 hours). Preliminary results suggest fewer programs offering dedicated AAC courses compared to the findings from Johnson and Prebor (2019). Data from this study may be used to compare AAC instruction hours across graduate programs.

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35447

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Investigation of AAC Coursework Across Accredited Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Programs

Speech-language pathologists receive limited graduate-level pre-service training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (Costigan & Light, 2010). Johnson and Prebor (2019) surveyed accredited graduate programs in speech-language pathology (SLP) to evaluate AAC coursework. They found 86% of institutions offered at least one AAC course. However, only 79 of 279 programs responded to their survey, leaving the remaining programs unevaluated. Further, their study did not assess instruction time dedicated to AAC coursework, and variation across universities may result in disparate outcomes. This study evaluated AAC coursework at ASHA accredited SLP graduate programs. We reviewed course catalogs and program websites to identify if an AAC course was offered, number of credit hours, and academic schedule. Preliminary results of 242 accredited programs found that 18% of programs did not offer a dedicated AAC course, 5% offered a combination course (e.g., autism and AAC), and 77% offered at least one dedicated AAC course. The average number of hours of AAC instruction was 38.27 (± 9.44 hours). Preliminary results suggest fewer programs offering dedicated AAC courses compared to the findings from Johnson and Prebor (2019). Data from this study may be used to compare AAC instruction hours across graduate programs.