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Issue Articles and Authors
Apr 2015
Vol 29(1)


  • A Model for Local AAC Services: The AAC Service for Adults in Gloucestershire (Katherine Broomfield & Louise Walters)
  • A Right to Communicate: A short film (Kirsty Paton, Louise Blackley, Julie McCracken & Helen Fletcher)
  • A Right to Speak: Development of an AAC resource pack for Forth Valley schools (David Fletcher)
  • Celebrations at Communication Matters (Ruth McMorran & Hilary Gardner)
  • Communication Training for Healthcare Assistants Supporting Young People with Complex Communication Needs (Cheryl Hanson)
  • Developing an Effective AAC Service Within the NHS and Education Settings (Helen Robinson & Shelagh Crossley)
  • Empowerment and Living Independently (Beth Moulam)
  • Putting the Unspoken Centre Stage (Kate Caryer)
  • Teaching with Core Words: Building Blocks for Communication and Curriculum (Jennifer Marden)
  • The Development of Specialised AAC Services in England: Update (Sally Chan)
Nov 2014
Vol 28(3)


  • A New Approach to Communicating Through Touch: Tactile Signing for Sensory Learners (TaSSeLs) (Denise Charnock & Joe Woodall)
  • Arabic/English Symbol Dictionary: Early Challenges and Technological Opportunities (E A Draffan, Nawar Halabi, Mike Wald, Amal Idris, Amatullah Kadous & Aejaz Zahid)
  • Assistant University Tutor in Speech, Language and Communication (Scott Stack)
  • How a Range of AAC Methods have Supported Participation within Sense Scotland’s Service User Consultation Group (Tina Yu & Margaret MacKenzie)
  • Parent Power: Training and empowering communication partners to support high tech AAC users (Alison Webb)
  • Pictorial Communication: Making it Happen (Christine Fincham)
  • Positive Health in a Person Centred Way: No decision about me without me (Tina Seed & Linda Naveran)
  • Strategies in AAC Implementation: Parents' and AAC Users’ Perspectives (Eliane Mackintosh)
  • Talking Mats and Families living with Dementia (Joan Murphy)
  • Testing the Validity and Inter-rater Reliability of the Therapy Outcome Measure for AAC (Sally Boa, Joan Murphy & Pamela Enderby)
  • The MND Association Wheelchair Project: The right chair at the right time (Christine Orr)
Aug 2014
Vol 28(2)


  • AAC Support in Rett Syndrome (Sally-Ann Garrett & Hector Minto)
  • Communication Matters Online Survey (Tom Griffiths)
  • Connectedness (Beth Moulam & Emma Green)
  • Experimental Evaluation of SPEAKall! (Oliver Wendt)
  • Facilitated Communication: Asking the Appropriate Research Question (Marion Stanton)
  • HeadBanger: Tracking Head Position as a Controller (Matthew Oppenheim & Zak Sly)
  • Increasing the Communicative Opportunities for VOCA Use Through Staff/Parent Training (Tamzin Gribble, Dr Ruth Firth, Dr Allegra Cattani & Dr Lauren Carroll)
  • Outcome Measures in AAC (Sally Boa)
  • The Aphasia Software Finder (Sarah Woodward)
  • Using Kinect as an Engagement and Emerging Communication Tool for Low Functioning Pupils with Autism and SLD (Anthony Rhys)
  • What the Exam Boards Said (Marion Stanton)