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ERIC Number: ED534082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Simple, Inexpensive Devices Can Assist in Communication. Alliance Action Information Sheets
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
Most people agree that it is important for children to be able to express their likes, dislikes, needs, and ideas. It is also important for their parents, siblings, peers, teachers, and others to be able to understand them. Yet for children with language impairments, trying to communicate is not only frustrating but can be overwhelming. In addition to long-established methods of teaching communication to young children, simple devices are becoming more readily available. The new electronic devices can help children with language disorders or difficulties take turns, call for attention, make a request, and participate in classroom activities. Assistive technology encompasses many communication techniques. It includes pointing to pictures, objects or symbols; signing; body language; eye-gazing (following cues given by the eyes). It also includes technology such as talking switches, communication devices, and computers. The techniques help develop language for children who do not speak, those who speak but cannot be understood, or those who cannot express themselves as well as their classmates.
Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers. Available from: PACER Center. 8161 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55437. Tel: 888-248-0822; Tel: 952-838-9000; Fax: 952-838-0199; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER