Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

Assessment 1: Outline/Annotated Bibliography.

Each student will begin research on Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) by locating and reading 10 journal articles of interest. A 1,000 word annotated

bibliography consisting of an APA style citation and a few bullet points summarizing each article will be written (See example below). The articles must be recent

(within the last ten years) and from peer-refereed professional journals. Based on your research, develop an outline to be used to turn this bibliography into an AAC

research paper(next assignment).

Example of citation/annotation:

Gentry, T., Lau, S., Molinelli, A., Fallen, A., & Kriner, R. (2012). The Apple iPod touch as a vocational support aid for adults with autism: Three case studies.

Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 37(2), (Advance online publication) DOI: 10.3233/JVR-2012-0601

• The task management and organizational features of PDAs can help people with ASD function more successfully in the workplace.
• 4 year randomized trial
• iPod programmed with task reminders and lists; video prompts; tools for behavioural self-management, and other supports.
• Versatility of PDAs to support people with ASD.


Understanding of the question or issue and the key concepts involved
• understanding of the task and its relationship to relevant areas of theory, research and practice
• clarity and accuracy in use of key terms and concepts in Communication disorders, AT and AAC

Depth of analysis and/or critique in response to the task
• depth of understanding of key AAC and AT principles, concepts and issues explicitly raised during the course and in your follow up readings.
• Results and conclusions are based on research

Familiarity with and relevance of professional and/or research literature used to support response
• range of research and professional literature on communication disorders to support response

Structure and organization of response
• appropriateness of overall structure of response
• clarity and coherence of organisation, including use of section headings and summaries to enhance readability.

Presentation of response according to appropriate academic and linguistic conventions
• clarity, consistency and appropriateness of conventions for quoting, paraphrasing, attributing sources of information, and listing references
• clarity and consistency in presenting tables and diagrams
• clarity and appropriateness of sentence structure, vocabulary use, spelling, punctuation and word length

Review article
Assessing preferences for AAC options in communication interventions
for individuals with developmental disabilities: A review of the literature
Larah van der Meer a,*, Jeff Sigafoos a, Mark F. O’Reilly b, Giulio E. Lancioni c
a Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


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