AAC Modeling Intervention Research Review (short summary)


This paper presents a systematic review of research into the effects of communication partner modelling of aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) on the language acquisition of children with complex communication needs (CCN).

AAC modelling has been suggested as a possible way to improve the language input/output balance for emerging AAC users. This can be referred to as aided language stimulation, augmented input, natural aided language and aided AAC modelling.

The review of 10 studies considered interventions containing two key features; communication partners modelling AAC as they speak and doing this in naturalistic communication interactions such as play and story book reading.

The intervention packages considered in the paper showed large and clinically relevant effects on the early language skills of children who used AAC across the areas of pragmatics, semantics, syntax and morphology.

The findings of the review support language acquisition theories about the importance of language input and make a case for using AAC modelling as a basis for AAC intervention.

Further research is needed into the possible effects of modelling across a wider age range and for people with acquired language difficulties.

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