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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) training provision for professionals in England

Wallis, S; Bloch, SJ; Clarke, M; (2017) Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) training provision for professionals in England. Journal of Enabling Technologies , 11 (3) pp. 101-112. 10.1108/JET-10-2016-0023. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to document augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) training provision by clinical services in England. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire was used to obtain the following information concerning AAC training provision; frequency, length, type, content and cost, trainee occupations and numbers, and future training priorities, and information concerning training providers – service type, geographical area. Findings In total, 98 clinical service training providers in England responded. Services commonly reported providing AAC training to speech and language therapists, teaching assistants and teachers. Training around “use of specific AAC products, systems and technology” and “introducing/awareness raising of AAC products” were rated as high priority for future training and were two of the three subject areas where services reported the highest percentage of training. Training was predominantly provided at a foundation (basic) level. Originality/value There is no consensus on the amount or content of AAC training which professionals in England must receive. Evidence suggests that AAC training for pre-qualification professionals is limited and this paper has identified variation in the amount and type of post-qualification AAC training. While knowledge concerning specific AAC systems is necessary, focussing training primarily on this area may not address critical gaps in knowledge. There is a need for specific recommendations regarding AAC training for professionals in this field, to ensure professionals can fully support people who use AAC.

Type: Article
Title: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) training provision for professionals in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/JET-10-2016-0023
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1108/JET-10-2016-0023
Language: English
Additional information: © Emerald Publishing Limited. This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Training, Survey, Augmentative and alternative communication, Continuing professional development, International classification of functioning, disability and health, Therapists
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559972
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