ERIC Number: ED420963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
AAC Strategies for Young Children with Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities.
Goldware, Marjorie; Silver, Marsha
This paper discusses issues central to communicative/cognitive development in children with visual impairments who also have other disabilities, and presents a multi-modal model of augmentative alternative communication delivery that includes tangible symbols, language input strategies, voice output communication devices, software programs with switches, and modified keyboards and literacy enhancing activities. The social challenges that children with visual impairments face because of their lack of visual input are discussed, and the need to consider the effects of visual impairments on the child's language development and language system when selecting augmentative devices and designing alternative communication systems is emphasized. Different types of voice output communication aids are described, along with ways augmentative communication devices can be used to include a child in story reading time and to hold a child's attention. (CR)
Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Cognitive Development, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Elementary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Language Acquisition, Literacy, Models, Multiple Disabilities, Speech Synthesizers, Student Needs, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the CSUN 1998 Conference (Los Angeles, CA, March 1998).