Language Production with Cognitively Challenged Adults: A Case Study Adults with severe cognitive disabilities use a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to communicate. When designing and implementing these systems, professionals and caregivers are faced withmany challenges, including the task of selecting appropriate vocabulary, developing meaningful and teachable graphic symbols, designing a partner friendly system, and ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 1997
Language Production with Cognitively Challenged Adults: A Case Study
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  • Gail M. Van Tatenhove
    Orlando, FL
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Article   |   November 01, 1997
Language Production with Cognitively Challenged Adults: A Case Study
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, November 1997, Vol. 6, 12-16. doi:10.1044/aac6.4.12
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, November 1997, Vol. 6, 12-16. doi:10.1044/aac6.4.12
Adults with severe cognitive disabilities use a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to communicate. When designing and implementing these systems, professionals and caregivers are faced withmany challenges, including the task of selecting appropriate vocabulary, developing meaningful and teachable graphic symbols, designing a partner friendly system, and training the person to communicate across a variety of activity-based tasks and spontaneous interaction opportunities.
This article presents a case study of Ben, a 42-year-old man who uses AAC as his primary means of communication. The purposes of this case study are (a) to review the graphic symbol system used with Ben, (b) to describe the way Ben perceives and constructs his world through his use of these symbols, and (c) to examine the influence of the AAC system on Ben’s ability to produce language. This case study is a work in progress and hopefully will provide food for thought and discussion.
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