Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-5-2022 11:00 AM

End Date

4-5-2022 1:00 PM

Subjects

speech-language pathology, augmentative and alternative communication, aac, person-centered planning

Advisor

Brandon Eddy

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Person-centered planning (PCP) is an intervention approach for people experiencing disability. This often results in a document outlining the individual’s preferences in their care, life goals, and transitions. Some people with disabilities communicate using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), which supplements or compensates for impairments in speech and language production often involving the use of external communication tools. Current PCP tools may not fulfill the needs of people who use AAC (PWUAAC) due to limited focus on supporting communication. No PCP tools yet exist specifically designed for PWUAAC. The purpose of this study was to inform the design of a PCP tool for PWUAAC by exploring educator and paraprofessional perspectives on two existing PCP tools and a pilot version of a new PCP tool for PWUAAC.

Oregon special educators and paraprofessionals were identified using the PSU Graduate Teacher Education program alumni listserv and publicly available school district websites. They were invited to participate in a Qualtrics survey requiring participants review a counterbalanced order of three PCP tools and share perspectives on perceived utility for supporting PWUAAC. Nine participants completed the survey; five provided incomplete responses. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics were used to identify what educators find useful in a person-centered planning tool to support PWUAAC. Themes included Student Information, Teaching Approaches, AAC Use, and Communication Use. Descriptive statistics indicated that educators may prefer a PWUAAC-focused tool based on the provision of more detailed information. Outcomes from this investigation will support development of a PCP tool specifically for PWUAAC.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37478

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May 4th, 11:00 AM May 4th, 1:00 PM

Perspectives of Special Educators and Paraprofessionals on Person-centered Planning Tools for People who use AAC

Person-centered planning (PCP) is an intervention approach for people experiencing disability. This often results in a document outlining the individual’s preferences in their care, life goals, and transitions. Some people with disabilities communicate using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), which supplements or compensates for impairments in speech and language production often involving the use of external communication tools. Current PCP tools may not fulfill the needs of people who use AAC (PWUAAC) due to limited focus on supporting communication. No PCP tools yet exist specifically designed for PWUAAC. The purpose of this study was to inform the design of a PCP tool for PWUAAC by exploring educator and paraprofessional perspectives on two existing PCP tools and a pilot version of a new PCP tool for PWUAAC.

Oregon special educators and paraprofessionals were identified using the PSU Graduate Teacher Education program alumni listserv and publicly available school district websites. They were invited to participate in a Qualtrics survey requiring participants review a counterbalanced order of three PCP tools and share perspectives on perceived utility for supporting PWUAAC. Nine participants completed the survey; five provided incomplete responses. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics were used to identify what educators find useful in a person-centered planning tool to support PWUAAC. Themes included Student Information, Teaching Approaches, AAC Use, and Communication Use. Descriptive statistics indicated that educators may prefer a PWUAAC-focused tool based on the provision of more detailed information. Outcomes from this investigation will support development of a PCP tool specifically for PWUAAC.