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dc.contributor.authorJones, Bryony
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-13T21:59:12Z
dc.date.available2019-03-13T21:59:12Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/14420
dc.description.abstractResearch shows that augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can support the inclusion of students with complex communication needs (CCN) in inclusive school settings. AAC support for students in New Zealand is provided by a multidisciplinary team comprised of educators, specialists and family members. Successful AAC implementation can be challenging, and there are a number of factors which can potentially act as facilitators or barriers to successful AAC outcomes. To date, most research focusing on AAC in inclusive settings has been conducted outside of the New Zealand context. Seven individual interviews were conducted with teachers and teacher aides working in inclusive settings, to explore their experiences of supporting students who used AAC. Seven key findings were identified from this study: (1) Educators identified short-term and long-term positive outcomes of AAC use, (2) Educators identified a range of factors which could act as barriers and facilitators to AAC use depending on their presence or absence, (3) AAC use had many positive impacts, including supporting students’ speech and language development and reducing communication-related frustration (4) Educators advocated for the student’s voice, perspective and rights to be considered with regards to AAC implementation and planning; (5) Collaboration between team members was viewed as important for successful AAC use, (6) Specialist AAC support was useful to educators, though some perceived that there was a lack of expertise amongst professionals and (7) Educators reported similar strategies to support the use of AAC within school settings. This study provides education professionals with an insight into the experiences of a group of educators who support students that use AAC.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectPeople with disabilities -- Means of communication -- New Zealanden_US
dc.subjectTeachers of children with disabilities -- New Zealand -- Attitudesen_US
dc.subjectChildren with disabilities -- Education -- New Zealanden_US
dc.subjectInclusive education -- New Zealanden_US
dc.titleExperiences and perceptions of educators implementing AAC in inclusive settings : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Speech Language Therapy at Massey University, Albany, New Zealanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpeech Language Therapyen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Speech Language Therapy (MSpchLangTher)en_US


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