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October/December 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 4

  • Sarah E. Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Gary A. Troia, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • 0271-8294
  • 1550-3259
  • 4 issues / year
  • 1.049

    5-Year Impact Factor: 1.495

Dear Readers,

This final issue of volume 39 presents work by authors studying Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices and systems and the supports required to help individuals who use AAC technologies maximize their potential for satisfying communication needs. Holyfield and Caron (2019) use adolescent case examples to distinguish when AAC is used to teach specific communications skills and competencies versus used to compensate for impaired speech and language skills. Fulcher-Rood and Higginbotham (2019) analyze videotape transcripts to show how a married couple, one of whom had a neuromuscular disorder with associated communication impairment, used multiple communication modes and media to construct meaningful utterances. McCarthy and Boster (2019) describe how AAC devices and their placement within the communicative environment can detract, complement, or even enhance social interaction. Sennott, Lee, Akagi, and Rhodes (2019) present an overview of the varied facets of artificial intelligence and the potential of artificial intelligence to enhance the effectiveness of AAC systems. This issue also includes a tribute to the founding editor of the journal, Kay Butler, who passed away in 2019.

Sarah E. Wallace, Co-Editor

Gary A. Troia, Co-Editor


We also draw your attention to the list of reviewers who have contributed reviews for TLD in recent years. TLD depends on scholars who accept invitations to conduct blind peer reviews of the submitted and contributed articles as a means of maintaining its high quality as a peer-reviewed journal. We publish reviewers' names periodically as a form of appreciation, but in a manner that individual reviewers cannot be connected to individual articles.

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