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Treatment study focused on use of computer interaction to facilitate speech (left)

Professor DeThorne and two graduate students in Speech-language Pathology (right)

SABAC 2010 Discussions

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  • Discussion Topic 4: AAC in Everyday Interactions

    Led by Lisa Mellman, BS, Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois.

    Group notes from lunchtime discussion, 8/6/10:

    Adults

    • knowledge barrier
    • training/expertise/tech support
    • respond to communicative attemtps
    • then fade to natural proportion of the time (communication between parties professional/aides/parents)


    Use peers

    • with devices
    • for expressions/advice (farting noises, jokes)


    Allow peers to experience a different way of communication (simulation)

    • signs/gestures only
    • picture
    • AAC device
    • facial expressions


    Teach peers-awareness

    • processing delays
    • strategies


    Teach AAC users a way to signal partner to wait!

    Appropriate fit/match of AAC/individual

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