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Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, Fifth Edition

Edited by David R. Beukelman Ph.D, & Janice C. Light, Ph.D. with invited authors.

The authoritative text on augmentative and alternative communication, this classic bestseller is now in its fifth edition—revised and updated for a new generation of SLPs, teachers, occupational therapists, and other professionals in clinical and educational settings. Partnering with a team of distinguished contributors, renowned experts David Beukelman and Janice Light deliver today’s most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to AAC interventions and technologies for children and adults with complex communication needs. Future service providers will get in-depth coverage of essential AAC topics, enhanced by helpful study questions, valuable perspectives from people who use AAC, and case examples that illustrate key principles.

Significantly expanded with new chapters on critical topics, more practical information on how AAC systems work, and a package of new online companion materials, this definitive text will expertly prepare readers to support communicative competence—and quality of life—for children and adults with complex communication needs.

Enhance your teaching with a package of online companion materials, including a resource guide to help practitioners and students learn more about AAC; sample responses to chapter study questions; and a sample syllabus.

Want to learn more about the new edition? Check out the following resources:

  • A handy chart that shows you what’s been added and updated in the new edition
  • A written Q&A with the authors about the benefits of and updates to the new edition


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