The impact of aided language stimulation on symbol comprehension and production in children with moderate cognitive disabilities

Michael D. Harris, Joe Reichle

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Abstract

Over the past decade, aided language stimulation has emerged as a strategy to promote both symbol comprehension and symbol production among individuals who use graphic mode communication systems. During aided language stimulation, an interventionist points to a graphic symbol while simultaneously producing the corresponding spoken word during natural communicative exchanges. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of aided language stimulation on children with moderate cognitive disabilities. Three preschool children with moderate cognitive disabilities who were functionally nonspeaking participated in the investigation. The investigator implemented a multiple-probe design across symbol sets/activities. Elicited probes were used to determine whether the children increased their comprehension and production of graphic symbols. Results indicated that all 3 children displayed increased symbol comprehension and production following the implementation of aided language stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2004

Keywords

  • Aided language stimulation
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Augmented input
  • Moderate cognitive disability

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