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Individuals who are severely physically disabled by cerebral palsy are often placed in a variety of adaptive positioning devices for therapeutic and functional purposes. Observation and theory suggest that position can influence the ability of these individuals to access communication boards and...
A single case ABA design was used to determine the preferences for tactile surfaces of a child with multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness. Within each session the child tended to depress a switch covered with a velveteen surface more frequently than switches covered with other textured...
The speech synthesis or print output of augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) techniques may be effective in communicating foreground messages; however, they may obscure or even distort the “background” messages of social closeness. Many of the strategies used by normal speaking...
Because nonspeaking preschool students cannot independently generate their own unique messages, the burden of vocabulary selection for their augmentative and alternative communication systems is the responsibility of adults. In order to identify a core list of vocabulary used in the preschool...
Many individuals with multisensory impairments fail to bridge the gap between presymbolic communication and formal language systems such as speech or manual signs. This paper discusses the use of tangible symbols—manipulable symbols (objects or pictures) that bear a clear perceptual...
This study was designed to investigate the transparency of manual signs within both linguistic (two-sign combinations) and environmental nonlinguistic (background locales) contexts. The sign combinations used in this study were verb + noun phrases which varied in transparency. The background...
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