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ERIC Number: EJ1020354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Implementing AAC within the Broader Context of Communicative Competence
DeThorne, Laura Segebart; Hengst, Julie; Fisher, Kim; King, Amie
Young Exceptional Children, v17 n1 p39-50 Mar 2014
Electronic technologies are playing an increasing role in mediating patterns of social interaction within the classroom. This trend includes augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems like light-weight smart tablets. AAC in general has proven effective for many children in regard to decreasing challenging behavior, enabling communication of wants and needs, and supporting speech development. Given the increasing availability of AAC systems and the documented limitations in regard to successful implementation across everyday contexts, this article aims to highlight the importance of integrating AAC within a broad communication framework. When taking up a framework of communicative competence, consideration of context becomes paramount. The authors present Four Principles Associated with a Framework of Communicative Competence: (1) Support social interaction within meaningful activity; (2) Share responsibility for successful interactions; (3) Encourage multiple forms of communication; and (4) Draw on shared histories and build for future interactions. Within the framework of communicative competence, caregivers, teachers, therapists, and peers are all seen as partners with the child, working together to accomplish activities and communicate messages. As partners, actions should be guided by the question, "How do I collaborate with this child to support successful communication and participation?" In closing, the authors hope the associated four principles serve as a means to encourage caregivers and professionals to reflect on their interactions with children who use AAC so they can all work together to achieve the ultimate prize: "successful communication."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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