Augmentative and alternative communication for people with progressive neuromuscular disease

Laura J. Ball, Susan Fager, Melanie Fried-Oken

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Individuals with progressive neuromuscular disease often experience complex communication needs and consequently find that interaction using their natural speech may not sufficiently meet their daily needs. Increasingly, assistive technology advances provide accommodations for and/or access to communication. Assistive technology related to communication is referred to as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The nature of communication challenges in progressive neuromuscular diseases can be as varied as the AAC options currently available. AAC systems continue to be designed and implemented to provide targeted assistance based on an individual's changing needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-699
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • AAC
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Assistive technology
  • Communication
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Myotonic muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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