Date of Graduation

Winter 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Katie Boarman

First Reader

Janis Lorman

Second Reader

Charles Carlin


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.