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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, 4th Edition

As AAC use continues to flourish and new technology revolutionizes the field, tomorrow’s service providers need current, authoritative information on AAC for children and adults with communication disorders. That’s why David Beukelman and Pat Mirenda have revised and updated the bestselling Augmentative and Alternative Communication the trusted, widely adopted graduate-level text on communication disorders and AAC.

The foundational textbook for SLPs, OTs, PTs, teachers, and other professionals in clinical and educational settings, this fourth edition is a definitive introduction to AAC processes, interventions, and technologies that help people best meet their daily communication needs. Future professionals will prepare for their work in the field with critical new information on

advancing literacy skills (new chapter by Janice Light and David McNaughton)

conducting effective, culturally appropriate assessment to determine AAC needs

choosing AAC interventions appropriate for age and ability

selecting AAC vocabulary tailored to individual needs

using new consumer technologies as easy, affordable, and non-stigmatizing communication devices

understanding types of symbols and how individuals use them

promoting social competence

supporting language learning and development

providing effective support to beginning communicators

planning an inclusive education for students with complex communication needs
Readers will get a thorough overview of communication and AAC issues for people with specific developmental disabilities (including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism) and acquired disabilities (such as aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and degenerative cognitive and linguistic disorders). And with helpful photos, figures, and photocopiable forms, readers will be ready to collect and use important information on assessment, individual communication needs, classroom supports, and more.

An essential core text for tomorrow’s professionals and a key reference for inservice practitioners this new fourth edition expertly prepares readers to support the communicative competence of children and adults with a wide range of complex needs.


“A tour-de-force . . . should be on the shelf of everyone with a stake in advancing the field of AAC. This book has my strongest possible endorsement.” (Joe Reichle, Ph.D. University of Minnesota 2012-06-11)

“Beukelman and Mirenda have done it again. This fourth edition is the most comprehensive and thorough guide for providing AAC services to individuals with a range of disabilities, needs, and ages . . . A must have!” (Gloria Soto, Ph.D. Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University 2012-06-12)

“Gives a sound theoretical background while providing a wide scale of applications . . . The reader of this book will feel reassured to find that our understanding of complex communication needs is now based on sound research and that applications are based on evidence.” (Filip Loncke University of Virginia 2012-06-13)

“Highly recommended . . . This is the one book that no one who uses or works in the field of AAC should be without.” (Cynthia Cress, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2012-06-14)

About the Author

David R. Beukelman, Ph.D is the Barkley Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Research and Education of the Communication Disorders Division, Munroe/Meyer Institute of Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, A research partner in the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and a senior researcher in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. With Pat Mirenda, he co-authored the textbook, Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Management of Severe Communication Disorders in Children and Adults. He served as editor of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal for four years.

Dr. Mirenda earned her doctorate in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. For 8 years, she was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. From 1992 to 1996, she provided a variety of training, research, and support services to individuals with severe disabilities through CBI Consultants, Ltd., in Vancouver, British Columbia.

She is now Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. From 1998 to 2001, she was editor of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was awarded the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Dr. Mirenda is the author of numerous book chapters and research publications; she lectures widely and teaches courses on augmentative and alternative communication, inclusive education, developmental disabilities, autism, and positive behavior support. Her current research focuses on describing the developmental trajectories of young children with autism and factors that predict the outcomes of early intervention.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co; 4th edition (September 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598571966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598571967
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.2 x 9.9 inches

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