Tele-AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Through Telepractice

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Nerissa Hall, Jenifer Juengling-Sudkamp, Michelle L. Gutmann, Ellen R. Cohn

Details: 330 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-145-2

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Tele-AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Through Telepractice is the first comprehensive resource guide to Tele-AAC. Tele-AAC is the use of telepractice specifically for providing services to individuals using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This text establishes Tele-AAC as a new service delivery model and promotes safe, efficacious, evidence-based, and ethical telepractice for individuals who need AAC systems. The goal is to provide readers with fundamental information about policy and service delivery of AAC services via telepractice to enable clinical practice.

The text details the specific technical components unique to Tele-AAC service delivery, and how the technology, personnel, and service delivery practices may vary across settings and populations. It offers didactic and case-based content for speech-language pathologists across all levels, from introductory to advanced. Chapters are included that clarify and define the term Tele-AAC, highlight the procedures used while providing assessment and intervention via Tele-AAC, identify ethical and cultural considerations while providing Tele-AAC, and demonstrate its application in a variety of settings.

The content has been enriched by the input and knowledge offered by leaders from both telepractice and AAC disciplines, and offers readers the right combination of foundational information and principles to help form a base of understanding for practitioners engaging in Tele-AAC. The field of Tele-AAC is evolving and will transform as the technology changes and advances. This text provides a threshold of understanding from which the field and practitioners can grow.

From the Foreword

"...Tele-AAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Through Telepractice promises to provide such information and solutions to the dilemma of providing consistent practices and services. Leaders and contributors in the field of telepractice and tele-AAC provided their expertise while contributing to this book. Chapters that clarify and define the terms tele-AAC, highlight the procedures used while providing assessment and intervention via tele-AAC, identify ethical and cultural considerations while providing tele-AAC, and demonstrate its application in a variety of settings will help to guide the speech-language pathologist to determining solutions while using tele-AAC. In closing, to move both fields (telepractice and AAC) forward, we need to combine aspects of both and develop consistent and dependable procedures as highlighted in this book on tele-AAC."
Meher H. Banajee, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor and Program Director Communication Disorders Department, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center


"The first third of the book is devoted to the practical considerations of setting up tele‐practice per se, not specifically for AAC. This part would be useful to anyone wanting to develop a tele‐health service for any area of health care. This part of the book is extremely comprehensive with separate chapters dealing with Privacy, Security and Safety; Ethics and Informed Consent; and Technology and Digital materials. [...] I liked the way in which information was given in written descriptive form, charts and checklists and also in case studies, so that it was accessible to different people's learning styles. Seeing the concepts from a number of different standpoints means that they can be fully understood. The chapter on “the tele‐encounter” is again extremely thorough and detailed and encourages you to think things through carefully in advance, with their guidance, to ensure both smooth running of sessions and an adherence to rules of privacy and confidentiality."
—Hilary Beach, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, in British Journal of Learning Disabilities (November 2019)

Originally published in German and translated to English:
"Both theoretically as well as very concretely described are diagnostics, intervention, evaluation and counselling in AAC [...] For me it was a great gain to read this book. I can recommend it to all those who are active in the field of AAC and already know the ropes. But above all, I can recommend it to everyone who are looking for concepts, just as patients are also looking for access to qualified experts from the area of speech therapy. This book gives courage for the future and the desire to try out new ways."
—Uta Hellrung in Forum Logopädie (March 2020)



About the Authors




Chapter 1. Introduction to Telepractice

Jana Cason and Ellen R. Cohn


Chapter 2. Privacy, Security, and Safety

Valerie J.M. Watzlaf, Dilhari R. DeAlmeida, and Leming Zhou


Chapter 3. Tele-Ethics and Informed Consent

Ellen R. Cohn and Jana Cason


Chapter 4. Technology, the Tele-Encounter, and Digital Materials

J. Joneen Lowman and Lyn R. Covert


Chapter 5. Multicultural and Multilingual Considerations in Tele-AAC

Gazit Chaya Nkosi


Chapter 6. Client Selection, Personnel, and Environmental Supports

Michelle Boisvert and Nerissa Hall


Chapter 7. Technology for Tele-AAC: “Off the Shelf” and Advanced AAC Technology

Michelle Boisvert and Nerissa Hall


Chapter 8. Tele-AAC Principles, Practices, and Language Activity Monitoring 

Katya Hill


Chapter 9. Tele-AAC Assessment

Nerissa Hall


Chapter 10. Tele-AAC Intervention

Nerissa Hall


Chapter 11. Tele-AAC Consultation

Nerissa Hall


Chapter 12. AAC for Early Childhood and School-Aged Populations

Michelle Boisvert and Nerissa Hall


Chapter 13. Tele-AAC for Adult Populations in Outpatient Settings

Telina P. Caudill, Kyle H. Mamiya, Donald L. MacLennan, and Lindsay R. James Riegler


Chapter 14. Speech Therapy in the Virtual World of People with Aphasia

Judy P. Walker



Nerissa Hall

Nerissa Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, is co-founder of Commūnicāre, LLC, a company that specializes in augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, telepractice, and tele-AAC working primarily with school-aged individuals, providing specialized, evidence-based intervention, assessment and consultation services.

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Jenifer Juengling-Sudkamp

Jenifer Juengling-Sudkamp, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System/VA and adjunct professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Tulane University School of Medicine.

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Michelle L. Gutmann

Michelle L. Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical professor at Purdue University Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, where she teaches a variety of graduate courses including AAC, Counseling in Communication Disorders, and Motor Speech Disorders.

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Ellen R. Cohn

Ellen R. Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, is a professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh. She teaches courses in cleft palate/craniofacial disorders, professional issues, culture, diversity and healthcare, and rhetoric and communication.

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