Contemporary Research in Symbolic Development: Factors Influencing Acquisition in Typically Developing Children The ASHA AAC Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for me, as a psychologist who studies language acquisition in typically developing children, to interact with and learn from a wonderful group of people working within a very different framework and with very different populations. Although the fields are quite distinct in ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2004
Contemporary Research in Symbolic Development: Factors Influencing Acquisition in Typically Developing Children
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  • Laura Namy
    Emory University, Atlanta, GA
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Development / Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2004
Contemporary Research in Symbolic Development: Factors Influencing Acquisition in Typically Developing Children
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2004, Vol. 13, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac13.3.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2004, Vol. 13, 7-10. doi:10.1044/aac13.3.7
The ASHA AAC Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for me, as a psychologist who studies language acquisition in typically developing children, to interact with and learn from a wonderful group of people working within a very different framework and with very different populations. Although the fields are quite distinct in many ways, at the core, we are working on the same fundamental issue: How do children learn words? It is clear to me that those of us attempting to explain normative processes have a great deal to learn from the study of atypically developing language users. We must develop theoretical accounts that can explain or accommodate the range of communication problems that arise and that can account for the effectiveness of particular intervention strategies. Conversely, I discovered through my discussions with attendees at the AAC conference the ways that studying typically developing children have the potential to re-focus some of the thinking and approaches to developing and evaluating intervention protocols.
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