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Early Augmented Language Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays: Potential Secondary Motor Outcomes

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TitleEarly Augmented Language Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays: Potential Secondary Motor Outcomes
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThis exploratory study examined the potential secondary outcome of an early augmented language intervention that incorporates speech-generating devices (SGD) on motor skill use for children with developmental delays. The data presented are from a longitudinal study by Romski and colleagues. Toddlers in the augmented language interventions were either required (Augmented Communication-Output; AC-O) or not required (Augmented Communication-Input; AC-I) to use the SGD to produce an augmented word. Three standardized assessments and five event-based coding schemes measured the participants’ language abilities and motor skills. Toddlers in the AC-O intervention used more developmentally appropriate motor movements and became more accurate when using the SGD to communicate than toddlers in the AC-I intervention. AAC strategies, interventionist/parent support, motor learning opportunities, and physical feedback may all contribute to this secondary benefit of AAC interventions that use devices.
AuthorsWhitmore, A. S., Romski M. A., and Sevcik R. A.
Year of Publication2014
PublicationJournal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume30
Issue3
Pages200-212
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2014.940466
Keywords (MeSH)child, communication aids for disabled, developmental disabilities, early intervention, motor skills, treatment outcome
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