Interdisciplinary Models of Teamwork in Augmentative and Alte ...

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Abstract

Augmentative and alternative communication is a specialization in speech-language pathology that aims to help people with complex communication needs. Gestures, signs, pointing to symbols or technology are examples of methods that can be used to facilitate the communication of thoughts and needs. Clients seeking an augmentative and alternative communication assessment must be evaluated by a team of professionals, which includes a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist. Members of the team need to work closely together, within what is considered to be a transdisciplinary model. The speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist work closely with other professionals in order to help people needing augmentative and alternative communication. These other professionals can include: technicians, communicative disorders assistants, physical therapists, physicians, psychologists and teachers. A conceptual model encompassing multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice has been proposed for the assessment and intervention of people who have complex communication needs.