AAC and Australian speech pathologists: a report on a national survey

Balandin, Susan and Iacono, Teresa 1998, AAC and Australian speech pathologists: a report on a national survey, AAC: augmentative and alternative communication, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 239-249, doi: 10.1080/07434619812331278416.

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Title AAC and Australian speech pathologists: a report on a national survey
Author(s) Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Iacono, Teresa
Journal name AAC: augmentative and alternative communication
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 239
End page 249
Total pages 11
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 1998
ISSN 0743-4618
Keyword(s) AAC knowledge
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Speech pathologists
Summary A total of 971 speech pathologists from across Australia participated in a survey that investigated their knowledge of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), their AAC practices, the AAC resources available to them, and their preferred format for further education. The results indicated that 98% of respondents had at least some knowledge of AAC and only 13% never recommended AAC in their practice. However, 29% had recommended a device they had never seen and 36% indicated that they would not recommend AAC for a client who was presymbolic. Access to resources appeared to be related to the location of respondents in relation to a capital city. Overall, there appeared to be a lack of AAC expertise within the profession in Australia. A lack of interest in obtaining further information on AAC and an unwillingness to enroll in further education highlighted the need for collaboration among the professional organization, training institutions, and employment bodies in ensuring adequate levels of knowledge and skills among speech pathologists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07434619812331278416
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067106

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