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Reading and Writing in People with Aphasia Who Benefit from AAC

October 30 @ 11:00 am12:00 pm EDT


1. Participants will: apply meaningful principles to classify people with aphasia who may benefit from AAC

2. Participants will: describe differences in reading and writing between Stored Message and Generative Message categories within the AACF

3. Participants will: generate ideas about specific types of AAC tools and strategies for identified communicators with aphasia

4. Participants will: identify appropriate treatment goals for identified types of communicators with aphasia who may benefit from AAC.


October 30
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
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The AAC-Aphasia Categorical Framework (AACF; Garrett, Lasker, & Fischer, 2019) describes people with aphasia (PWA) along a continuum ranging from less to more partner support, in terms of their ability to use AAC strategies and tools. Prior research demonstrated the validity of the AACF; both expert and student raters placed PWA within specified ranges for different communicator types.

This study explores reading and writing in communicators who benefit from voice-output AAC technologies. We discovered differences in reading and writing between Stored Message communicators and Generative Message communicators. Results may assist clinicians in “predicting” placement and progression of PWA along the AACF. Findings may also help clinicians create meaningful literacy goals that support more complex AAC strategy use by PWA.