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SPED 344 Augmented and Alternative Communication

This course is designed to increase knowledge of the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems to enable children who are severely, communicatively impaired (e.g., neurological; pervasive developmental disorders; sensory impairments) with a way to communicate. The emphasis will be on various types of ACS. Alternative systems (Bliss Symbol Board; Cued Speech), appropriate intervention strategies, procedures and guidelines for implementation. In addition to ACS, students will explore a wide variety of Assistive Technology Devices used to support and facilitate learning in the content areas in the general education setting. Students will explore low, medium, and high tech supports, computer access, selection methods of these devices and delivery systems as well as the pedagogical issues that must be considered for students with disabilities who use Assistive Technology.