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ERIC Number: ED329089
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-12
Pages: 8
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Communicative Skills of Nonspeaking CP-Children: A Study on Interaction.
Heim, Margriet
This paper presents the results of a study on communicative interaction patterns of three nonspeaking children (ages 8-12) with physical disabilities and their adult speaking conversation partners in three different interaction situations (with a speech therapist in a rehabilitation center, during conversation with their mothers at home, and during mealtime with an assistant at school). Results showed that the speaking adult dominated the content and the flow of the conversation with the exception of one assistant whose style of interaction positively stimulated the children's initiating behavior. Little variance was found between interaction patterns in the home situation and in the therapy situation. Two children predominantly used vocalization and gesture, alone or in combination, across all situations. The third child predominantly used eyegaze. The children made minimal use of their communication aids, which were non-electronic aids with Blissymbols and pictographs. The children used their aids primarily as a means to initiate topics. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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