S2:E3 Access Technology for AAC & Adults with Susan Koch Fager, PhD, CCC-SLP


Dr. Fager specializes in research connecting AAC with persons with severe physical and/or cognitive impairments. In today’s episode, Dr. Fager discusses her research on assistive technology and how the work she is completing translates to clinical practice. We also cover the progression from low tech to high tech AAC a patient may experience across their recovery stages. Dr. Fager provides case studies to illustrate creative problem solving and overcoming obstacles to provide patients with a means to express themselves.


New and emerging access technologies for adults with complex communication needs and severe motor impairments: State of the science. Susan Koch Fager, Melanie Fried-Oken, Tom Jakobs & David R. Beukelman. Pages 13-25 | Received 30 Apr 2018, Accepted 20 Oct 2018, Published online: 21 Jan 2019

Access Interface Strategies. Susan Fager, PhD, CCC-SLP, David R. Beukelman, PhD, CCC-SLP, Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD, CCC-SLP, Tom Jakobs, PE, and John Baker.

Dr. Koch Fager’s research group:

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC): has TONS of free resources - videos, articles, education, etc.

Susan Fager is the Director of the Communication Center of Excellence in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Susan has more than 18 years of experience in the area of assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and completed her doctoral training in AAC and motor speech disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on assistive technology options for persons with severe physical and/or cognitive impairments due to acquired neurological or degenerative conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, brainstem stroke, spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, or chronic Guillain Barre syndrome.


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