Socioeconomic factors that affect children using augmentative and alternative communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a communication method that substitutes, or supports oral speech in individuals of varying ages and with a variety of communication disorders. However, children in certain school settings experience difficulties in accessing and affording these devices. The proposed study aimed to examine factors that influence access to AAC in children of varying socioeconomic status placed in public, private, and title 1 school settings. Participants will include parents of children ages 5-to-11 years old, who will complete a survey consisting of 18 open-ended questions regarding financial status, cost and accessibility to AAC-related services. Qualitative data will be analyzed using the grounded theory approach in which interview data will be coded into categories that are grouped into themes to develop a theory. It is predicted that children in title 1 schools will experience poorer services in terms of funding and training pertaining to AAC devices.
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