2019 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.

Friday, December 6 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Megareview

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This research summarizes the methodological rigor and findings of 80 peer-reviewed systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses of research conducted on aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Participant and interventionist demographics, interventions, settings, outcomes, and recommendations of each review are reported and summarized. A Measurement Tool to Assess Systematic Reviews Revised (AMSTAR 2; Shea et al., 2017) was used to examine methodological rigor of 80 included reviews. Published reviews have increased in methodological rigor from 2001 to mid-2018 but demonstrate a number of methodological weaknesses that detract from the strength of evidence for AAC interventions with this population. Suggestions for improving the methodological rigor of literature reviews and areas for future research in and specific to AAC interventions are discussed, specifically social validity, generalization, and vocabulary selection.


Friday December 6, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Akimel Ballroom 3

Attendees (16)

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