Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention for People With Angelman Syndrome: a Systematic Review

  • Laura RocheEmail author
  • Jeff Sigafoos
  • David Trembath
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Purpose of Review

Angelman syndrome is often associated with severe communication impairment indicating the need for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention. The present review sought to identify and summarize intervention studies on the use of augmentative and alternative communication for people with Angelman syndrome.

Recent Findings

Recently, a specific communicative profile has been suggested for people with Angelman syndrome. To identify the usefulness of AAC to augment this profile, we conducted a systematic search of the literature. Nine studies were identified and summarized with respect to (a) participants, (b) communication mode, (c) design, (d) intervention procedures, (e) outcome measures, and main findings.


Overall, results from these studies suggest that AAC intervention is a viable approach for enhancing the communication skills of people with Angelman syndrome. However, additional research with larger samples is required to extend the evidence base supporting the use of AAC with people with Angelman syndrome.


Angelman syndrome Augmentative and alternative communication Communication intervention Systematic review 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3.School of Allied Health SciencesGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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