Authors: Hunt P, Soto G, Maier J, Muller E, Goetz L
Title: Collaborative teaming to support students with augmentative and alternative communication needs in general education classrooms
Source: Augmentative and Alternative Communication 2002 18(1): 20-35
Year: 2002
Research Design: Single Case Design

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the use of a team collaboration process to increase the academic achievement and social participation of three students with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) needs who were members of general education classrooms. Three educational teams, comprised of the general education teacher, inclusion support teacher, instructional assistant, speech-language pathologist, and one of the student's parents, developed and collaboratively implemented Unified Plans of Support for the students that consisted of academic adaptations and communication and social supports. The effectiveness of the support plans was evaluated through behavioral observations and team interviews. Evaluation outcomes suggest that consistent implementation of the plans of support by team members was associated with improvements in academic skills, social interactions with peers, engagement in classroom activities, and use by the students of a variety of AAC devices. Implications of the collaborative teaming process in supporting students with AAC needs in general education classrooms are discussed.

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