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ERIC Number: ED359700
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 57
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Communication Intervention for Persons with Severe and Profound Disabilities: An Overview.
Reichle, Joe; And Others
This paper examines issues in establishing an initial social/communicative repertoire with individuals who have severe to profound disabilities, with emphasis on intervention involving the most severely affected. The paper stresses the importance of beginning intervention efforts even before learners show intentional behavior and discrimination of environmental stimuli, and examines the importance of focusing on pragmatics and the interaction process. Increased availability of augmentative and alternative communicative options is seen as increasing the potential for full inclusion of people with severe disabilities in the mainstream. The paper also discusses: communication as social behavior, intentional communicative behavior, evaluating the efficiency of various communicative forms, full utilization of naturally occurring interactive contexts, teaching communicative forms and functions, modification of elements of environments to ensure communicative attempts, collaborative service delivery, and addressing the differences and similarities between home and school. An appendix compares taxonomies describing instrumental communicative intents. Attached are lists of 72 references, 13 books and monographs, 6 products, 8 journals/newsletters, 6 organizations, and 47 federally funded projects. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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