Communication partner instruction in AAC: Present practices and future directions

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, David McNaughton

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The success of communicative interaction is dependent on the communication skills of each individual participating in the exchange. Accordingly, in the case of an interaction involving an individual using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), the success of the interaction depends not only on the skills of this. individual, but also on those of the communication partner. Current literature indicates that communication partner instruction is a critical intervention component. Furthermore, there is evidence that, with instruction, communication partners can learn to use facilitative interaction skills and strategies to better support the communication of individuals using AAC. To date, however, little attention has been paid to the most effective and efficient instructional methods for communication partner intervention programs. Therefore, in this paper, we propose an eight-step strategic model for use in communication partner instruction programs, and identify future research directions related to this model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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