The state of research and practice in augmentative and alternative communication for children with developmental/intellectual disabilities
Article first published online: 26 FEB 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Special Issue: Language and Communication
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 58–69, 2007
How to Cite
Wilkinson, K. M. and Hennig, S. (2007), The state of research and practice in augmentative and alternative communication for children with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Ment. Retard. Dev. Disabil. Res. Rev., 13: 58–69. doi: 10.1002/mrdd.20133
- Issue published online: 26 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 26 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Received: 18 NOV 2006
- augmentative and alternative communication;
- assistive technology;
- aided communication
Augmentative and alternative communication is a compilation of methods and technology designed to supplement spoken communication for people with limited speech or language skills, including children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The field of AAC has evolved rapidly within the last 10 years, due to a combination of empirical advances from research as well as rapid changes in technology. This article reviews some of the most significant aspects of this growth as it relates to children with developmental disabilities. Major issues within the field, the evidence base available to practitioners and researchers, and promising areas of future growth are identified. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc. MRDD Research Reviews 2007;13:58–69.