ERIC Number: EJ813062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Using a Speech-Generating Device to Enhance Communicative Abilities for an Adult with Moderate Intellectual Disability
Cheslock, Melissa A.; Barton-Hulsey, Andrea; Romski, MaryAnn; Sevcik, Rose A.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n5 p376-386 Oct 2008
For adults with disabilities who are unable to speak, the literature recommends that intervention include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to improve communication and interactions with others. Some adults with moderate intellectual disabilities who exhibit limited functional speech are often overlooked as candidates for AAC interventions because they have some speech abilities. The perception is that they are too old to improve their language and communication skills. This article presents a case report of a 30-year-old woman with a moderate intellectual disability and a severe expressive language disorder who uses a speech-generating device as a compensatory strategy to facilitate her communicative abilities, independence, and self-determination.
Descriptors: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Moderate Mental Retardation, Expressive Language, Communication Skills, Intervention, Assistive Technology, Females, Adult Education, Case Studies
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail: AJMR@allenpress.com; Web site: http://aamr.allenpress.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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