Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, Fourth Edition

Authors: David R. Beukelman Ph.D., Pat Mirenda Ph.D., BCBA-D

Format: Hardcover, 616 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571967
Price: $84.95

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As AAC use continues to flourish and new technology revolutionizes the field, tomorrow's service providers need current, authoritative information on AAC for children and adults with communication disorders. That's why David Beukelman and Pat Mirenda have revised and updated the bestselling Augmentative and Alternative Communication—the trusted, widely adopted graduate-level text on communication disorders and AAC. The foundational textbook for SLPs, OTs, PTs, teachers, and other professionals in clinical and educational settings, this fourth edition is a definitive introduction to AAC processes, interventions, and technologies that help people best meet their daily communication needs. Future professionals will prepare for their work in the field with critical new information on
  • advancing literacy skills (new chapter by Janice Light and David McNaughton)
  • conducting effective, culturally appropriate assessment to determine AAC needs
  • choosing AAC interventions appropriate for age and ability
  • selecting AAC vocabulary tailored to individual needs
  • using new consumer technologies as easy, affordable, and non-stigmatizing communication devices
  • understanding types of symbols and how individuals use them
  • promoting social competence
  • supporting language learning and development
  • providing effective support to beginning communicators
  • planning an inclusive education for students with complex communication needs
Readers will get a thorough overview of communication and AAC issues for people with specific developmental disabilities (including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism) and acquired disabilities (such as aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and degenerative cognitive and linguistic disorders). And with helpful photos, figures, and photocopiable forms, readers will be ready to collect and use important information on assessment, individual communication needs, classroom supports, and more.

An essential core text for tomorrow's professionals—and a key reference for inservice practitioners—this new fourth edition expertly prepares readers to support the communicative competence of children and adults with a wide range of complex needs.

What's new:

  • New literacy chapter
  • Extensive updates reflecting current consumer technology
  • Helpful end-of-chapter study questions
  • Updated resource sections and glossary
  • All the latest research and best practices in every chapter


Review by: Cynthia Cress, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Highly recommended . . . This is the one book that no one who uses or works in the field of AAC should be without.”
Review by: Filip Loncke, University of Virginia
“Gives a sound theoretical background while providing a wide scale of applications . . . The reader of this book will feel reassured to find that our understanding of complex communication needs is now based on sound research and that applications are based on evidence.”
Review by: Gloria Soto, Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University
“Beukelman and Mirenda have done it again. This fourth edition is the most comprehensive and thorough guide for providing AAC services to individuals with a range of disabilities, needs, and ages . . . A must have!”
Review by: Joe Reichle, University of Minnesota
“A tour-de-force . . . should be on the shelf of everyone with a stake in advancing the field of AAC. This book has my strongest possible endorsement.”

Table of Contents

About the Authors

About the Contributors



Part I: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  1. Augmentative and Alternative Communication Processes
  2. Message Management: Vocabulary, Small Talk, and Narratives
  3. Symbols and Rate Enhancement
  4. Alternative Access
  5. Principles of Assessment
  6. Assessment of Specific Capabilities
  7. Principles of Decision Making, Intervention, and Evaluation
Part II: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  1. Interventions for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  2. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  3. Issues for People with Developmental Disabilities
  4. Supporting Participation andCommunication for Beginning Communicators
  5. Language Development and Intervention:Challenges, Supports, and Instructional Approaches
  6. Instruction to Support Linguistic and Social Competence
  7. Literacy Intervention for Individualswith Complex Communication Needs Janice C. Light and David B. McNaughton
  8. Educational Inclusion of Studentswith Complex Communication Needs
Part III: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  1. Interventions for Individuals with Acquired Disabilities
  2. Adults with Acquired Physical Conditions with Laura Ball
  3. Adults with Severe Aphasia and Apraxia of Speech Kathryn L. Garrett and Joanne P. Lasker
  4. Adults with Degenerative Cognitive and Linguistic Disorderswith Elizabeth Hanson
  5. Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injurywith Susan Fager
  6. Augmentative and Alternative Communication inIntensive, Acute, and Long-Term Acute Medical Settings


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