Samuel Sennott, Alisha Chavez, Hannah Goldberg, & Jess Bean
Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities
We report positive outcomes for a pilot augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention incorporating the Student, Environment, Tasks, and Tools Framework (SETT), Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) Communication Books, and the Model, Encourage, Respond (MODELER) strategy to support the communication development of elementary school-aged students. Communication is a vital tool for humans in moving through their world. Unfortunately, people who lack communication are rarely taught communication in the way that typical children acquire language, through naturalistic experiences where there is rich input and interaction with an expressive communication system that is perceptible and usable to the individual. As a result, communication rarely expands to be fully generalized. This investigation included an interdisciplinary person-centered planning process to help two school-aged students with complex communication needs develop AAC in a pilot study with an AB format preliminary pilot study in preparation for a single-case design study.