ERIC Number: ED330186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Communication in Profoundly Mentally Retarded and Multiply Handicapped Children.
The paper reports on a project which examined the communication of a 10-year-old Swedish boy with severe retardation and multiple disabilities. Interviews, observations, and videorecordings were used. Communication categories included body language, gestures, head position, gaze/eye contact, and sound/mouth and tongue use. The child was found to communicate with gestures and body language and to have no understanding of pictures or symbols. Interaction patterns were identified from the videofilming technique and include patterns typical of newborn infants, including caregiver initiation, child orientation, and child motor activity. The child's need for plenty of time to absorb input was noted. Includes 10 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International ISAAC Conference on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4th, Stockholm, Sweden, August 12-16, 1990). This project was also supported by the Swedish State Inheritance Fund.