HP 684 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Socialization, 3 credits

This course deals with the communication needs of people with significant communication limitations and the means for enhancing communicative competencies through the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools and strategies. The course covers basic evaluation and assessment procedures, the selection/development/customization of communication, and applications and treatment of AAC for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Course will discuss social development, considerations for AAC users and for communicators with impaired social communication skills. Interdisciplinary roles (e.g., occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing) in the integration of AAC within specific scope of practice.

Prerequisites: HP 680, HP 681, HP 682