Presenters: MaryAnn Romski, Ph.D. and Rose A. Sevcik, Ph.D.
Moderated By: Betsy Caporale, M.S., CCC-SLP
Myths are widely held but false beliefs. This seminar will provide an overview of myths that have hampered the use of AAC with children and adults with disabilities. These are myths about funding, beginning services, the development of speech, technology, and the use of speech-generating devices, to name a few. We will provide evidence from the AAC literature to refute the appropriateness of these myths. We will also discuss strategies to debunk the myths when confronted with them.
Presenter: Janet Callahan, Parent
1. Describe myths that hamper AAC service delivery
2. Characterize strategies to debunk these myths
MaryAnn Romski, Ph.D. is Regents Professor of Communication, Psychology, and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
Rose A. Sevcik, Ph.D. is Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University, Atlanta, and Co-Director of the Center for Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy (RCALL).
Dr. Romski has no financial disclosures to report.
Dr. Sevcik has no financial disclosures to report.
Drs. Sevcik and Romski are members of the National Joint Committee on the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC). They are the authors of two papers on myths and AAC (Romski & Sevcik, 2005; Sevcik et al., 2022). They are also the incoming editors of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication journal.
Betsy Caporale has no financial disclosures to report. She serves on the board of USSAAC (nonfinancial).