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Literacy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Introduction The Process of Reading and Writing Literacy Learning Literacy and AAC Assessment Principles Practicalities of Assessment Principles of Intervention The Practicalities Intervention: Scrawling a Path to Literacy The Role of Technology Planning the Way Forward

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"This excellent volume, part of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Perspectives Series, presents an extensive and thorough presentation of issues related to literacy learning as it relates to AAC users... Highly recommended for speech pathologists, special educators, and for students in these fields." -CLOSING THE GAP "Literacy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication presents a balanced view of whole language and more analytic approaches to reading instruction that are necessary for the development of reading skills. The book is appropriate for students as well as professionals involved in service delivery." -ADVANCE: FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS & AUDIOLOGISTS "In this excellent book Martine Smith has gathered together key information about the literacy skill development of children from around the world and then applied the current "state of the science" to the crucial issues and challenges facing individuals with complex communication needs who are learning to read and write. Dr. Smith highlights a wide spectrum of needed skills and delineates strategies (assessment and intervention) that professionals can utilize to assist individuals who rely on AAC to develop crucial literacy skills. This book is a very important resource for educators and speech-language pathologists. It is also readily accessible to students in education and rehabilitation and to family members of individuals with complex communication needs. Dr. Smith has written a book that is easy-to-read and organized in ways that make learning straightforward and interesting. I highly recommend the book and applaud her for providing this valuable resource." Sarah W. Blackstone, Ph.D. CCC-SP, President, Augmentative Communication Inc., Monterey, California, USA; Partner, Rehabilitation Engineering Resource Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) 'Literacy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication brilliantly delineates the skills necessary for reading and spelling. Departing from the usual description of literacy development, Smith presents the reader with an insightful and comprehensive explanation of the ways that AAC influences literacy acquisition among special needs children. The authors considerable knowledge of the field is also demonstrated in her thorough presentation of assessment and the masterful way she leads the reader through the practical questions of intervention. This book is an excellent example of what the author herself calls 'a considerate' text, ... [one] that clearly outlines the structure and purpose of the text, uses accessible language, and respects the knowledge available to, and required by, the reader." Annika Dahlgren Sandberg, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Goteborg University, Goteborg, Sweden "Dr. Martine Smith has made an immense contribution to the AAC field with this text. Literacy and AAC is far and away the most comprehensive and scholarly treatment to date of the issues impacting literacy learning in AAC users. Dr. Smith has thoroughly documented the relevant English language research from both sides of the Atlantic across multiple fields including the AAC literature, mainstream reading and writing, speech and language, and special education. Speech-language clinicians, graduate students, and scholars will find Literacy and AAC a marvelous resource in more thoroughly and thoughtfully addressing literacy in persons with severe communication impairments." David A. Koppenhaver, Ph.D., College of Education, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA

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