Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts
Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology
The purpose of this review was to examine the perceptions of parents and caregivers on raising a child who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Factors and overarching themes in existing literature affecting parent’s perceptions were examined and condensed in this review. Seven research studies were chosen for analysis. A variety of common perspectives were found in the research and the conclusions relating to caregiver challenges and thoughts on AAC were categorized, including four thematic categories: problems with the AAC system; barriers to learning AAC; societal, family, and professional influences; and differences among individuals who use AAC. Information gained in this review may be used to improve professional development for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and teaming between parents and SLPs.
Mikolay, Rachel M., "The Challenges and Perceptions of Raising a Child Who Uses AAC: A Review of the Literature" (2015). Honors Research Projects. 233.