Caregiver Training Program on Emergent Literacy of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Users.
Friday, March 30 12:10-12:30 PM
Current research has shown both pediatric and adult augmentative and alternative (AAC) users underachieve in their reading and spelling skills. Their underperformance is not secondary to a lack of cognitive and linguistic abilities (Sandberg, Smith, & Larsson, 2010). The outcome of improved literacy for this population will mean improved educational opportunities, vocational opportunities, self-expression, potential for independent living, and entertainment (Light, McNaughton, Weyer, & Karg, 2008; Erickson, 2003). The purpose of this study was to determine if a parent-centered literacy training program for AAC users will increase the users’ emergent literacy skills. A pretest posttest design was used to determine the effectiveness of the parent-training program following an eight-week period of implementation. The participants demonstrated some improvements in their emergent literacy skills based on caregiver report via surveys. A quantitative analysis was unable to be completed due to participant limitations. Further research in literacy development for AAC users is recommended.