ERIC Number: ED333689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Gamradt, J. E.; Gunderson, T.
This guide offers a practical approach to construction of and interaction training of communication aids for use by individuals with disabilities. The guide covers: communication board design and construction; use of the computer as a communication tool; orthographically based communication systems; guidelines for selecting vocabulary for the communication aid through an environmental inventory; making regular revisions to the client's needed vocabulary; integrating augmentative communication systems into activities; enabling the client to be involved in choice making; and interaction training. A final section discusses the use of object symbols as a basic communication strategy. The section focuses on symbols, objects versus object symbols, individuals who might benefit from using object symbols, vocabulary selection, object selection, getting the object container and the "done" container ready, locating the object symbols, introducing the object symbols to the disabled individual, prompting strategies, introducing graphic representations, and helping the individual to generalize the communication skills to interactions with other caregivers. (JDD)
Descriptors: Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Disorders, Communication Skills, Design Requirements, Microcomputers, Nonverbal Communication, Skill Development, Symbolism, Training Methods, Vocabulary
University of Wisconsin, TRACE Research & Development Center, Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2280 ($3.80).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.