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David R. Beukelman, Ph.D is the Barkley Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Director of Research and Education of the Communication Disorders Division, Munroe/Meyer Institute of Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, A research partner in the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and a senior researcher in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. With Pat Mirenda, he co-authored the textbook, Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Management of Severe Communication Disorders in Children and Adults. He served as editor of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Journal for four years. Kathryn M. Yorkston, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Nancy B. Alarcon, M.S., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Senior Lecturer and Clinic Director, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, 1417 NE 42nd Street, Seattle, Washington 98105 Ms. Alarcon directs the outpatient teaching clinic at the University of Washington and supervises in the area of adult neurologic communication disorders. Her clinical work in this area with colleagues has focused on supported communication intervention in aphasia, the impact of group treatment in reducing social isolation, and long-term patient/family intervention in primary progressive aphasia. Laura J. Ball, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University. Dr. Ball completed her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska with research interests in AAC and motor speech disorders. Dr. Ball has more than 25 years' clinical experience and is the author of numerous publications on topics related to AAC, dysarthria, and apraxia. Michelle S. Bourgeois, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida and a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association at Hunter College. A clinical researcher, she investigates interventions designed to improve the quality and quantity of cognitive-communication outcomes for persons with dementia, traumatic brain injury, or aphasia and their spouses and caregivers. A speech-language pathologist at work, Melanie wears three hats: Director of the Assistive Technology Program at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; Principal Investigator on a University Affiliated Program training grant entitled OTTR (Oregon Technology Training and Resources); and Clinician and Director of the Augmentative Communication Clinic in the Department of Neurology. She has been involved in the field of augmentative and alternative communication since 1979 (when it was still called nonvocal or argumentative communication!). Outside of the office, Melanie wears more than three hats: She is mother of Kiva, Adam, and Corey; partner to Barry; and organizer for all of the hiking, camping, traveling, and adventures that the family takes together.
"This unique book is the first to clearly connect information on acquired physical conditions with AAC solutions."--Filip Loncke, Ph.D."Assistant Professor, University of Virginia; Past President, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication" (02/16/2007) "A host of practical clinical tools and strategies grounded in years of clinical experience and a comprehensive understanding of available research findings."--Sarah W. Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP"President, Augmentative Communication, Inc.; Partner, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC)" (02/28/2007) "This book and CD take a giant step toward solving this problem by offering a plethora of tools and strategies that delineate 'how to' deliver AAC services to adults with acute or chronic medical conditions . . . Accolades to the editors, authors and publisher for providing this excellent resource."--Sarah W. Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP"Augmentative Communication Inc." (04/09/2007) "Blends scholarship, available evidence, and clinical insight and experience in reader-friendly ways . . . a state of the art, clinically-oriented overview with a wealth of practical information." --Joseph R. Duffy, Ph.D., BC-NCD