ERIC Number: ED246642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing the Educational Potential of Non-Oral Children through Matching Communication Device Capabilities to Children's Needs. Final Report.
Coleman, Colette L.; And Others
The report describes activities and results of a project to identify communication characteristics that would help match augmentative communication system (ACS) capabilities to the needs of nonoral children. Ss had a variety of handicapping conditions, including cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. Introductory sections cover the following topics (sample subtopics in parentheses): initial assessment (components including interviews, underlying theoretical principles); a systematic approach for choosing the interfaces for assistive devices (case studies illustrating selection of control site and interface and testing of the combination); assessment of the nonoral individuals' abilities (a test battery designed to identify the most functional symbol system, estimate potential level of sophistication, and diagnose performance deficiencies). Additional papers report on a multivariate analysis of perceived communication needs of nonspeaking children; evaluation of four types of ACS (voice output, scanners, printed output, and communication boards and books); a method for relating speaking and/or writing impaired clients' goals and skills to the characteristics of ACS; evaluation of the assessment procedure in terms of outcome and flow; and results of a questionnaire rating the efficacy of the match between the S and the recommended communication system. Comprising nearly one half of the document, 11 appendixes include assessment forms and materials and information on hardware and software used on the project. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Sacramento State Univ. Foundation, CA.