ERIC Number: ED074688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Communication for Handicapped Children. Final Report.
Lappin, Joseph S.
Reported were data concerned with research and development of communications systems for persons with motor handicaps. An experiment on receptive communication which attempted to determine whether tactual information could be acquired simultaneously by several fingers indicated that superior performance resulted when patterns were scanned by one finger on each of two hands. A second experiment on receptive communication investigated the relative effectiveness of three alternative symbol systems which varied the geometric similarity of symbol and referent. Results showed the greatest learning occurred when symbol and object were similar. Also reported was the construction of two prototype systems that are intended to provide a means of expressive communication for two cerebral palsied persons, one child and one adult. The system contained three functionally separate components: interface to the subject, code converter, and output display of symbols. Plans for the development of this system were said to include research on the selection of input codes, and arrangements for manufacture and distribution. (GW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN.