ERIC Number: ED412703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Exemplary Practices To Develop the Communicative Competence of Students Who Use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Final Grant Report.
Light, Janice C.
This report discusses the objectives and outcomes of a project that investigated the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems by students with severe communication disabilities. The first objective of the project was to conduct five investigations to identify skills that contribute to the communicative competence of students who use AAC systems. The following skills were identified: use of an introduction strategy, use of partner-focused questions, use of nonobligatory turns by AAC users with efficient rates of communication, and use of grammatically complete messages by AAC users with efficient rates of communication. The project's second objective was to conduct three investigations to evaluate the efficacy of instructional techniques to promote the acquisition, generalization, and long term maintenance of these skills. The instructional techniques resulted in the successful acquisition of target behavior, generalization of its use to practices and new situations in the natural environment, and maintenance of the target skill at least two months post-instruction. The third objective was the successful development and evaluation of three instructional modules for use by speech language pathologists, teachers, and other professionals that documented the instructional goals and techniques. The instructional modules are included in the appendices. (Contains 99 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.