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The Effect of Aided AAC Modeling on the Expression of Multi-Symbol Messages by Preschoolers who use AAC

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TitleThe Effect of Aided AAC Modeling on the Expression of Multi-Symbol Messages by Preschoolers who use AAC
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractA single subject, multiple probe design across participants was used to evaluate the impact of using aided AAC modeling to support multi-symbol message production. Five pre-schoolers (three who used voice output communication systems, two who used non-electronic communication boards) participated in the study. Aided AAC models were provided by pointing to two symbols on the child’s aided AAC system and then providing a grammatically complete spoken model while engaging in play activities. Four of the five preschoolers learned to consistently produce multi-symbol messages; the fifth did not demonstrate consistent gains. The four preschoolers who met criterion all evidenced long-term use of symbol combinations and generalized use of symbol combinations to novel play routines. Results, clinical implications, and future research directions are discussed.
AuthorsBinger, C., and Light J. C.
Year of Publication2007
PublicationAAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume23
Issue1
Pages30-43
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07434610600807470
Keywords (MeSH)articulation disorders, child, child development, communication, communication aids for disabled, developmental disabilities, play & playthings, semantics, speech, speech-language pathology, symbolism
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