Purpose: To create a pool of possible items to include in the new questionnaire.
Methods: Twenty-two educators and AAC clinicians with at least 5 years’ experience and youth who used AAC systems completed a survey to tell us what topics to cover in the questionnaire.
Results: Participants ranked 11 topics as most important. We created 10-12 items for each topic. The first version of the questionnaire had 113 items.
Purpose: To be sure the questionnaire items were clear and relevant for educators.
Stage 1 Methods: Ten educators with experience supporting at least one student with AAC needs in the past five years reviewed the items we created in Phase 1. They read and rated each item by indicating their degree of agreement. If the item was unclear or not applicable, then they indicated this instead of providing a rating.
Stage 2 Methods: Eight of the 10 educators attended a group meeting. During the meeting, educators reviewed items flagged as unclear or not applicable. Together they recommended rewording or removing items from the questionnaire.
Results: Our team reviewed the recommendations of educators who took part in this phase. We changed 1/3 of the items from the original questionnaire following this review.