Developing the ICF-CY for AAC profile and code set for children who rely on AAC

Charity Rowland, Melanie Fried-Oken, Sandra A.M. Steiner, Donald Lollar, Randall Phelps, Rune J. Simeonsson, Mats Granlund

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We describe the ICF-CY for AAC Profile, a tool to integrate information about the multiple factors affecting communication skill development and use in school-aged children with complex communication needs. The Profile uses the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health-Children & Youth Version (WHO, 2007) as its framework. We propose that the ICF-CY for AAC Profile constitutes a code set for AAC users and discuss the iterative process of code-set development. The Profile is one component of a proposed process to guide the development of educational goals for children in Grades kindergarten-12 who currently or potentially rely on AAC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Children
  • Complex communication needs
  • Disabilities
  • Educational profile
  • ICF-CY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing


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