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A program for teaching partners of individuals who use AAC: Outcomes of a case study with a caregiver of an adult AAC user

Hutchinson, Almara (2015) A program for teaching partners of individuals who use AAC: Outcomes of a case study with a caregiver of an adult AAC user. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

A single-subject, exploratory case study design was used to investigate the effects of a partner instruction program implemented with a caregiver of an adult augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) user with Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome (RTS). This study investigated the caregiver’s implementation of an instructional protocol to facilitate the following: (a) a 6 step conversation; (b) comments (i.e., That’s cool or Oh no!). Partner instruction was divided into three phases: Phase 1: instruction in operational competence; Phase 2: instruction in social and linguistic competence; Phase 3: maintenance and generalization. Following instruction, the caregiver demonstrated a consistent 100% rate of accuracy for facilitating the AAC user’s 6-step conversation. Caregiver facilitation of comments resulted in 80%-100% accuracy. The AAC user demonstrated 100% accuracy for a 6-step conversation and 80% -100% accuracy for comments. Generalization occurred to the participants’ natural environment. Results suggest that partner instruction is an effective and efficient means of improving caregiver and AAC user communicative competence.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Almara Hutchinson
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 16:08
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2016 16:08
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/205

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