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ERIC Number: ED443240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 10
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Indirect Language Stimulation (ILS): AAC Techniques To Promote Communication Competence.
Boose, Martha A.; Stinnett, Tessa
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that used indirect language stimulation techniques and modeling to encourage language development in a 5-year-old child with cerebral palsy. Initially, the student's communication system had very severe limitations. He used fewer than 10 spoken words which were unintelligible to most listeners. Both low-tech and high-tech devices were employed during a 12-week period. Materials included communication boards printed in black and white with BoardMaker software. The symbols were grouped according to parts of speech and the backgrounds were color-coded to assist visual identification. The boards were clipped to Plexiglas clamped at a 90-degree orientation to his laptray and were accessed with a LiteMaker pointer fastened to a headband. A Macintosh computer with Speaking Dynamically Pro software was also used, with a switch interface. The clinician developed intervention activities, scripts, and graphically labeled communication boards and computer pages, which facilitated the indirect language stimulation techniques. Results from the intervention indicate communication competence improvement in the areas of syntax, semantic relations, length of conversational exchange, and AAC system use to support opinions and options, thereby decreasing distracting and unpleasant behaviors. (Contains 37 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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