AAC for adults with acquired neurological conditions: A review

David R. Beukelman, Susan Fager, Laura Ball, Aimee Dietz

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The purpose of this review is to describe the state of the science of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. Recent advances in AAC for six groups of people with degenerative and chronic acquired neurological conditions are detailed. Specifically, the topics of recent AAC technological advances, acceptance, use, limitations, and future needs of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), brainstem impairment, severe, chronic aphasia and apraxia of speech, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), and dementia are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-242
Number of pages13
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


  • AAC acceptance
  • AAC use
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Aphasia
  • Brainstem impairment
  • Dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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