A scoping review of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) interventions in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

Nimisha Muttiah, Jessica Gormley, Kathryn D.R. Drager

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Abstract

Currently, a small number of studies discuss augmentative and alternative (AAC) interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The primary purpose of this scoping review was to summarize the current evidence base on communication-based interventions and partner training in LMICs, to explore and identify gaps in the AAC evidence base and guide future research. A total of 18 studies were identified. The results revealed many positive outcomes arising from AAC interventions, including increased communication, improved participation, increased knowledge about communication, and increased use of partner communication strategies, thus adding to the evidence base that AAC can be successfully implemented in LMICs. However, these studies did not broadly represent most LMICs and there were only a handful of indirect intervention studies training communication partners. To this end, there is an urgent need to expand the level of AAC intervention research conducted in LMICs in order to better serve individuals with complex communication needs living in these countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AAC interventions Communication-partner training
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • developing countries
  • low- and middle-income countries
  • scoping review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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